Friday, January 05, 2007

Shape Changing Robots

There are robots which can change shape. Polymorphic can we call them. NASA has developed them for space exploration and for the traversal of hazardous areas on Earth.

It is composed of a tetrahedral structure. Combining cores with struts. The struts expand and contract and the shapes taken are cube, sphere, flat etc. So it can adapt to the terrain and explore surface of planets. It has embedded processors which control the shape and movement of struts by analyzing the surrounding using sensors.

So robots playing orchestra, robots playing bartender, caring for elders, what next?

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