MIT Center for Bits and Atoms - Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 04:46 AM
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MIT Center for Bits and Atoms - Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife


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The device doesn't look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer. But the technology behind it, and the long-range possibilities it represents, are quite remarkable.

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posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 04:46 AM
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New style of robotics that use very small amounts of power and can do almost anything...anything that they can be configured to do that is - in a very small and very cheap way.

Looks like those lunar/mars 3D structure building machines might be nearer to our lifetime than imagined. Imagine a few space capsules of these self forming, low power, robots landing on a surface of a foreign planet and coming together to make habitats for human settlers. A few solar cells - maybe a few nuclear solar battery thigies - the machines will be able to build a settlement in no time.

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posted on Dec, 2 2012 @ 11:25 PM
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The motor they build is really cool..I immediately thought, man that's gotta have some really cool medical applications, particularly in prosthetics.

So it was really neat at the end of their video where they are working to push that out into some real world applications.

Very cool story..thanks for posting..

Hmm..I bet that's how the Transformers do it..with mechanical DNA and proteins



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 02:48 PM
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Thanks for sharing this video, it really does help show indicate some of the potential robotics has for the future at the small sizes presented. It would be interesting to see if the motor and modules could be further scaled down to sizes working in the micro/nano levels in the distant future.

For me this is a technology to watch for the future, alongside the programmable matter.





 
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