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'Terminator' self-assembling cube robots revealed by MIT

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  1. brahmos_ii

    brahmos_ii Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Cube-shaped robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes have been unveiled by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    The small robots, known as M-Blocks, have no external parts but can move using an internal flywheel mechanism.

    They stick together using magnets.

    The scientists envisage miniaturised "swarmbot" versions self-assembling like the "liquid steel" androids in the Terminator films.

    More realistically, the researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), believe armies of such cubes could be used for making temporary repairs to bridges or buildings, or as self-assembly, re-configurable scaffolding.

    Modular robots have the advantage of being able to adapt to whatever task or terrain is presented to them.

    John Romanishin, one of the research scientists at CSAIL leading the project, said: "We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand."

    The M-Blocks are currently controlled by computer instructions sent over wireless radio, but in future the researchers hope algorithms can be loaded on the blocks directly, making them entirely autonomous and capable of adapting to different environments.

    Blocks equipped with sensors and cameras would be able to work out how to accomplish specific tasks in combat or emergency situations, the scientists hope.

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    The research has been carried out by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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    The modular M-Block robot with its innards and flywheel exposed
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    :hmm: Self assembling into multiple shapes legos are going have brains then.... :tup:
     
  3. Ayush

    Ayush 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    i thought that it was my MIT :yey:
     
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    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    things just got interesting :laugh:
     
  5. The Drdo Guy

    The Drdo Guy Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Where are the IIT'S.I'm sure they can do such things.There should be more money allocated to such small projects if there is no money and if there is then students should get full autonomy to use labs and support from the prof's.IIT delhi has a dedicated robotics centre.What is hindering them to develope TRANSFORMER type Robots.The 21st century is of Robots.We should be dedicated in this field.
     
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