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Re: [Cute] ATRON Shapeshifting Robot

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 08:33:09 -0300 (CLST)

I was wondering whether the pieces could sometimes separate (I think
they'd need to stay in pairs at least to be mobile in this design).  And
how you could program them so that they would work both as a swarm and as
an individual unit.  Would you need to infer the shape of the whole, or
can you start with basic motions and learn, for example?

Cheers (+ thanks for the email to the list!),
Andrew

Shae Matijs Erisson said:
> "andrew cooke" <andrew@...> writes:
>
>> ATRON is constructed from many identical, broadly spherical modules,
>> each
>> 11 centimetres in diameter. Each module is split down the middle and can
>> rotate one hemisphere using an onboard motor. The cells can also latch
>> onto each using connectors placed at either end. -
>> http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996683
>
> Seems like an interesting combination of group theory and engineering
> would be
> to find the set of 3D tiling shapes that give the best structural strength
> and
> still allow for movement.
> --
> Shae Matijs Erisson - http://www.ScannedInAvian.com/ - Sockmonster once
> said:
> You could switch out the unicycles for badgers, and the game would be the
> same.
>
>


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