Tag Archive for Self-assembling

Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots (With video)

Featured Image: ASIMO (2000) at the Expo 2005, a bipedal humanoid robot. CREDIT: Taken by Gnsin at Expo 2005, in Japan. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons. (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license).

Damn! There go the jobs many people thing will still be left for humans when they are replaced by robots in the not-to-distant workforce. . . EDITOR 

From Space Daily by Larry Hardesty for MIT News
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 08, 2013

In 2011, when an MIT senior named John Romanishin proposed a new design for modular robots to his robotics professor, Daniela Rus, she said, “That can’t be done.”

Two years later, Rus showed her colleague Hod Lipson, a robotics researcher at Cornell University, a video of prototype robots, based on Romanishin’s design, in action. “That can’t be done,” Lipson said. . . . Read Complete Report

From youtube uploaded by MITNewsOffice

Published on Oct 3, 2013

Known as M-Blocks, the robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces. . . . From the Description published with video.

Dig a LITTLE DEEPER ~ THEI Archive “Robots Replacing Humans”.

Robots Working Together [IRS 2012] (w/Videos)

from IEEE Spectrum 

[IROS 2012] AR Drone Helps Swarm of Self-Assembling Robots to Overcome Obstacles


We’re used to thinking of robot swarms as consisting of lots and lots of similar robots working together. What we’re starting to see now, though, are swarms of heterogeneous robots, where you get different robots combining their powers to make each other more efficient and more capable. One of the first projects to really make this work was Swarmanoid, with teams of footbots and handbots and eyebots, and researchers presented a similar idea at IROS earlier this month, using an AR Drone to help a swarm of self-assembling ground robots to climb over a hill. . . . Read Complete Report


from IEEE Spectrum

[IROS 2012] Robotic Airplane, Boat, and Submarine Team Up to Monitor Coral Reefs


Designing a robot that can do everything is hard. Robots work best when they’re given one specific task to perform and have been constructed with that task in mind, so if you’re trying to, say, monitor coral reefs from the air, the surface of the ocean, and under water all at once, you can either drive yourself nuts trying to come up with some sort of autonomous submersible seaplane, or you can just teach a robotic airplane, robotic boat, and robotic submarine to all work together. . . . Read Complete Report