SquishBot Can Shrink Itself Down to Infiltrate Your Home, Nightmares
Apr 22, 2009 16:46
Robots alone are scary. But shape-changing robots that can squeeze through small spaces and then grow into sizes of up to 10x their squishy size? I don't like that one bit.
SquishBot is a program to develop a new class of soft, shape-changing robot. The goal is to design systems that can transform themselves from hard to soft and from soft to hard, upon command. Another goal is to create systems that change their critical dimensions by large amounts, as much as 10x. Such robots will be like soft animals that can squeeze themselves through small openings and into tight places.
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