MIT pioneers new breed of shape-shifting robotic component

12/3/2012 | Popular Science

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Bits and Atoms are pioneering a new type of shape-shifting mechanical device, based on the structure of a protein, that could one day lead to the development of more versatile robots with the ability to rearrange themselves as needed. According to MIT's Neil Gershenfeld, the "milli-motein" is "effectively a one-dimensional robot that can be made in a continuous strip, without conventionally moving parts, and then folded into arbitrary shapes."

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