Mark Yim, associate professor member of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, introduces reassembling/reconfiguring robots.
The robot below called Ckbot is constructed of 15 modules grouped into 3 clusters of 5 modules each. Each cluster is equipped with a camera (24 frames per second video), a blinker LED, and an accelerometer. The other modules have proximity sensors, servo motors, and a computer. When the system is disassembled, each cluster rights itself and seeks out the other clusters so that they may dock and reconstruct the robot.
This post was written by admin on January 30, 2009