DailyDirt: Rise Of Flexible Robots

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Robot researchers often look to biology for inspiration because nature has evolved some pretty efficient means of locomotion and self-assembly. The idea of a robot that has a stiff metal body is being replaced by more lightweight, flexible and organic designs and materials. Robot parts made from various polymers could lead to some interesting biomimicry. Here are just a few examples.

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John Fenderson (profile) says:

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Well, yes, this is an extremely low-tech form of self-assembling. However, the term “self-assembling” for what should more properly be called “self-reconfiguring” has a long history (in chemistry) that predates applying the notion to robotics. Using the term for this sort of machine is not technically incorrect, but it is undeniably chosen for its sex appeal in this case.

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