A four-segment milli-motein chain with a one-
centimeter module size.
(Credit: MIT Center for Bits and Atoms)

Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife: Reconfigurable Robot a Step Toward Something That Can Become Almost Anything

ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2012) — The device doesn’t look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer. But the technology behind it, and the long-range possibilities it represents, are quite remarkable.

The little device is called a milli-motein — a name melding its millimeter-sized components and a motorized design inspired by proteins, which naturally fold themselves into incredibly complex shapes. This minuscule robot may be a harbinger of future devices that could fold themselves up into almost any shape imaginable.

Read more: Robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife: Reconfigurable robot a step toward something that can become almost anything — Science Daily.

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