23 Apr '16, 4am

Design News - Engineering Materials - Origami-Inspired Metamaterial Eyed For Robots, Space Station

Design News - Engineering Materials - Origami-Inspired Metamaterial Eyed For Robots, Space Station

Harvard University engineers and scientists have designed a new type of metamaterial that can change its size, volume and shape. Why? To help make possible reconfigurable devices like space structures or robots. As the team points out in its open access Nature Communications article , reconfigurable devices of many kinds are being designed to serve as emergency shelters, deployable space structures, reversible encapsulation systems, medical tools, and robots. Robotics engineers are developing multiple technologies to create modular, reconfigurable, and self-reconfigurable robots , as well as self-assembling/reassembling robots , for use as rescue robots and planetary explorers, or even to replace the manufacturing processes of some consumer products. Robotic self-assembly techniques range from the more common macroscale, like MIT's M-Blocks, to Columbia University's molecu...

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