posted on May, 29 2005 @ 10:00 PM
It's definitely real. (and extremely cool
) It's not very practical, yet, but it is a definite step forward in robotics, and the techniques
developed here will be extremely useful in designing future robots. (did I mention it is extremely cool, too?
As an engineering student, the most impressive part of the design to me is the shape of the cubes, the location of the joints and movable parts so
that they are able to move so fluidly. The programming should be fairly straightforward to do, actually. (well, it's probably not a short or simple
program, but to clarify myself, I mean that there's probably nothing new in the programming that hasn't been known for years; most programmers could
write a program to do that, if they were given unprogrammed blocks)
Notice that one of the cubes is always connected to one of the plates on the table. That is where it draws its electrical power from. I think the
magnets inside must be electromagnets, since i saw blocks detaching from one another during one contained program. I'm not sure if there are
microprocessors inside each block or if an external device is wirelessly communicating with them (or maybe with wires through the plates?) I'd guess
there are microprocessors in each. There must be a way for the blocks to 'know' when other blocks are connected and where they are; this is
probably done through electrical connections when the blocks grab each other.
I'd be curious to know how much power the robot consumes as it is working, and some of the other technical stuff that the article didn't go into.
(oh yes, in case I forgot to mention, this is extremely cool
I'd give you a WATS Grayda, except that I've used them all up this month
So instead I will give you this:
(edit to fix the hailing guys, they were all on one line and messed up the post)
[edit on 29-5-2005 by DragonsDemesne]