Shape Shifting Robots that Rebuild Themselves



These new shape shifting robots from the University of Pennsylvania are something straight out of a SciFi movie. The robot is an awesome piece of engineering featuring three modular sections that, when separated, attract each other with a beacon, line up, and reattach themselves. Plus, they’re equipt with servo motors, accelerometers, gravity and IR sensors. As you can see in the video above, they move incredibly slow, but hey, it’s a start.

From the article: “How would you like to have your very own shape-shifter Perhaps a liquid metal T-1000 Terminator to help around the house. Or a universal tool kit that could reshape itself into any implement at the press of a button. For an astronaut in orbit, an army mechanic in remote terrain or even a homeowner trying to fix a furnace on a cold winter night, it could be just the thing.”

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