Robotics


Wow! iRobot’s soft, shape-shifting robot blob can roll around and change shape, and it will be able to squeeze through tiny cracks in a wall when the project is finished…. via jwz.

10 thoughts on “iRobot’s Soft Morphing Blob ‘Bot Takes Its First Steps

  1. That’s a really nasty looking robot. :O I hate how the nasty looking ones are always sponsored by the military!

    The presentation with the notebook and pencil was nice. :)

  2. The concept sounds eerily similar to the idea of Lovecraft’s Shoggoths: highly adaptable, amorphous drones which carry out construction based on commands from their masters.

    That being said, I don’t think this will be useful as a stand-alone robot. It would be more useful as a reconfigurable end-effector for manipulation or locomotion.

  3. The “jamming” thing is a cool idea for an actuator I’d never heard of before.

    However, I’m pretty sure you could make a soccer-ball robot made out of selectively inflatable/deflatable bags roll across a desk whether there was a solid “sand” phase inside them or not. So I’m unsure about just how much the “jamming” effect they talk about really has to do with the locomotion they’ve achieved.

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