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July 28, 2006

I Need One Of These - harrison

(This afternoon) Ring!
Me: "Hello, darlin'."
My Beloved: "Do we have any plans for tonight?"
Me: "You want us to put the furniture together, don't you?"
My Beloved: "Yep." Click

I can't wait for the world of The Jetsons to come true.
I want a robot that assembles Ikea furniture.

SALVATION is at hand for everyone reduced to tears by the challenge of putting together Ikea flatpack furniture. An American university is developing a robot to assemble an Ikea Billy bookcase.

Wait a sec...people cry over this? Pansies.


[A] London-born scientist, who is assistant professor of computer science at Stanford in California, has declared war on inscrutable instructions, baffling ranges of screws and keys and the inevitable moment when the novice realises his bookcase has been built back-to-front.

Back-to-front, eh? Try turning it around. Voila!

Wait, there's more:

“I bought two Billys for my own apartment and after struggling with the first I realised I dreaded the thought of assembling the second.
“It was soul-destroying drudgery and I knew there were other fun things I could be doing rather than getting to grips with a Billy,” Ng said last week.

Like splitting atoms...with his mind.

Oh, look. It's too late at night for hammering pegs. Too much noise for an apartment building, you know. We'll do it tomorrow, honey.
I promise.

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