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Robot Puts Together Ikea Furniture

A robot in Singapore can successfully assemble a piece of IKEA furniture. But there's still a long way before it can match human abilities, let alone be a superior alternative. The robot is the work of Nanyang Technological University students and ... is made up of two robotic arms and a 3D camera. The furniture in question is the "Stefan chair." It's a very basic chair frame that in theory is extremely simple to construct, however, the main reason it is challenging to build is due to a few screws that need to burrow quite deep in to wood. It therefore takes a surprising number of ... (view more)

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Virtual World, Real Prison

If you and a friend were to walk into a furniture store this morning and each grab one end of a $2,000 leather couch you'd be arrested almost immediately. Let's face it, stealing furniture isn't the 'swiftest' move, nor is it the work of a criminal ... mastermind. But, what if you were to do it in the 'virtual' world? It seems that might have the same consequences. According to some stunning reports, a Dutch teen who stole about 4,000 euros worth of virtual furniture from the Habbo Hotel lobby has recently been sentenced to time in a real-world prison. Funny thing is, there's nothing real about ... (view more)

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