Watch a Robot Made of Robots Move Around

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Good news for small, helpless robots who long to be a part of something bigger: Researchers have found a way to create “robots made of robots” that can move around, even though the individual parts can’t travel on their own. To create this robot horde, researchers designed several roughly iPhone-size machines called “smarticles”—short for smart particles—that could flap their small arms up and down but could not move from place to place by themselves. They then put five of the smarticles in a plastic ring. This group of robots—which the researchers call a “supersmarticle”—could move by itself in random directions as the individual smarticles collided with each other. Among the researchers is Dan Goldman, a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Physics. Other coverage of the work may be found at Institution of Mechanical Engineers, The EngineerIEEE Spectrum,, Science Times, Popular Mechanics, and The NewStack.

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  • Created On: Sep 23, 2019 - 6:16pm
  • Last Updated: Sep 30, 2019 - 12:08pm