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December 1 2012

Real Life Transformers On The Way?


It seems that a bunch of scientists over at MITís Center for Bits and Atoms has managed to come up with a new generation robot which could prove to be a precursor to the fantasy organic robotic lifeforms that we have all come to know and love as the Transformers. Toy robots that were able to fold itself into different configurations are not rare at all, but actual robots which are able to do so? Well, lab director Neil Gershenfeld, visiting scientist Ara Knaian, and graduate student Kenneth Cheung, have come up with what they call the Milli-Motein, a reconfigurable robot which has been specially programmed to fold itself into a number of different shapes.

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