3
votes

Shape-shifting robot forms from magnetic swarm

Feb 08, 2008


Swarms of robots that use electromagnetic forces to cling together and assume different shapes are being developed by researchers.

The grand goal is to develop swarms of micro robots capable of morphing into virtually any form by clinging together.

Seth Goldstein, who leads the research project, admits this is still a distant prospect.

Research team is using simulations to develop control strategies for futuristic shape-shifting, or "claytronic", robots, which they are testing on more primitive and pocket-sized machines.

These prototype use electromagnetic forces to manoeuvre themselves, communicate, and even share power.



posted by:


Notice: All Comments are moderated, offensive or off-topic comments will be deleted.
You can also stay up to date using your favorite aggregator by subscribing to the RSS

Name: 
Text:   
Enter the code shown »