The Many Applications and Configurations of Roombots

These robots are modular, shape-shifting machines that are 3D reconfigurable.
Loukia Papadopoulos

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A team of researchers from the Swiss Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a new type of robot and they are quite the sight to see! Called Roombots, these new robots are modular shape-changing machines that are 3D reconfigurable. Some have even compared them to robotic LEGOs.

These bots can autonomously combine to transform themselves into all sorts of different pieces of furniture and can even move around and self-assemble on command. They are made of two dice stuck together, a battery, three motors for movement, and a wireless connection. 

But that's not all! Roombots are smart robots that are capable of using machine learning to optimize their performance. Their makers hope that they can one day use these skills to support the elderly and the disabled.

Do you want to see these Roombots in action? Want to find out more about how they operate? Curious about the science, engineering, and technology that goes into building such agile machines? Then, do not miss this video where we answer all these questions and more and bring you footage of the Roombots.

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