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.

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