06 October, 2013

Somersaulting and Self-assembling robots from MIT

They said it couldn’t be done. But it has! MIT researchers recently managed to create self-assembling modular robots. The researchers even released a video demonstrating their success.

The self-assemblage is very basic, but still quite astonishing to behold. How exactly is it done? Well, the robots, called M-blocks, each contain what is called a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute. By comparison, a jet engine piston turns at 2,000-3,000 revolutions per minute, while a nuclear centrifuge reaches speeds of 90,000 rpm or faster. When the flywheel breaks, its angular momentum is transferred to the cube. Each cube’s edge is equipped with a specialized magnet. All of this works to create the self-assembling modularity of the M-blocks, allowing them to climb, leap, fly through the air and align in a variety of arrangements.

Ultimately, the researchers want to create swarms of self-assembling robots for a variety of applications, such as building temporary bridges or creating scaffolding systems for construction projects. Need a robotic chest for all your goodies? Well, maybe it won’t be a problem in the future with these robots. This is the Future and with certainty I can say that this Will Blow Your Mind.