Using new motor design, MIT develops tiny reconfigurable, shape-shifting robot the size of a caterpillar

// December 2nd, 2012 // Robotics

MIT's Milli-Motein shape-shifting reconfigurable robot

MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms has created a tiny reconfigurable, shape-shifting robot, named Milli-Motein, that can fold itself into a number of different shapes. They call it the “Swiss Army knife of the robotics world”. Once it has changed its shape, the power can be shut off and a newly designed locking motor (the Electropermanent Wobble Stepper Motor) will ensure it retains its last shape. Inspired by the natural design of proteins (hence its name), the robot is about the size of a caterpillar and is constructed from metal rings and strips.  MIT believes that with stronger materials, the Milli-Motein has the potential for greatness.

“This minuscule robot may be a harbinger of future devices that could fold themselves up into almost any shape imaginable.”

Motor design in Milli-Motein

Watch Milli-Motein in action in the video below.

MIT Mill-Motein–tiny shape-shifting robot

 

Sources: MIT

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