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April 19, 2009

Self-assembling Robots

NewScientist reports on video modular robots which "reassemble when kicked apart." The technology is actually called self-configurable robotics, and it's been enabled recently by advances in robot hardware, communications, and control algorithms. A year ago, a team of U.S. researchers from several universities created a blueprint for cell-like robotic modules that can rearrange themselves to create different shapes. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) then set aside $4 million for studies to see if these modules can be mass produced for demonstrations. See the fascinating video and read more about self-reconfigurable robots here.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at April 19, 2009 2:01 AM
category: Artificial Invention

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