Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots
October 3, 2013Small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.
How to make big things out of small pieces
August 15, 2013Researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures — even airplanes and bridges — out of small interlocking composite components.
The robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife
November 30, 2012Reconfigurable robot a step toward something that can become almost anything.
April 1, 2012New algorithms could enable heaps of ‘smart sand’ that can assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts.