Dec 7, 2013
Tiny ‘Terminator’ Cube Robots Are Here (Video)
Posted on Oct 5, 2013
Scientists at MIT have unveiled cube shaped-robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes, and which they hope will one day be able to “accomplish specific tasks in combat or emergency situations,” the BBC reports.
The small robots, known as “M-Blocks,” have no external parts but can move via an internal mechanism. Magnets allow them to stick together.
“The scientists envisage miniaturised ‘swarmbot’ versions self-assembling like the ‘liquid steel’ androids in the ‘Terminator’ films,” the BBC wrote. Researchers imagine large numbers of the cubes could be used to make temporary repairs to bridges or buildings, or as scaffolding that assembles and reconfigures by itself.
Hear the proud scientists discuss their achievements and watch the robots in action:
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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