SPOTLIGHT


Locomotion with a Unit Modular Reconfigurable Robot

LOCOMOTION WITH A UNIT MODULAR RECONFIGURABLE ROBOT Polypod is a bi-unit modular robot. This means that the robot is built up of exactly two types of modules that are repeated many times. This repetition makes manufacturing easier and cheaper… Read More

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Flexible Elements with Per Sjoborg

FLEXIBLE ELEMENTS WITH PER SJOBORG Kasper Stoy, Associate Professor, USD Modular Robotics Research Lab Check out the Podcast Here  

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HowStuffWorks “How Real Transformers Work”

  HOWSTUFFWORKS “HOW REAL TRANSFORMERS WORK” This article starts off by comparing Transformers to existing self-reconfiguring robotics and its principles, then discusses various versions for an audience of any level of technical background. How Real Transformers Work by How Stuff Works

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ARTICLES


Shape-shifting robot shows off its moves

SHAPE-SHIFTING ROBOT SHOWS OFF ITS MOVES This New Scientist magazine article features the ATRON prototype and discusses the capabilities, benefits, and potential advantages of using shape-shifting robots. Shape-shifting robot shows off its moves by Will Knight (New Scientist)

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Shape-Shifting Robot Nanotech Swarms on Mars – NASA

SHAPE-SHIFTING ROBOT NANOTECH SWARMS ON MARS – NASA This prototype design is being explored as systems to utilize as spacecraft and terrain exploration of other planets in our solar system. Shape-Shifting Robot Nanotech Swarms on Mars – NASA

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Locomotion Capabilities of a Modular Robot with Eight Pitch-Yaw-Connecting Modules

LOCOMOTION CAPABILITIES OF A MODULAR ROBOT WITH EIGHT PITCH-YAW-CONNECTING MODULES This web page covers a project involving an existing example of modular robotics with eight modules. It contains links to its authors, demonstration videos, documentation, and slides about their work. Locomotion Capabilities of a Modular Robot with Eight Pitch-Yaw-Connecting Modules by IEA Robotics

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BLOG & FORUMS


Google Groups: Self-Reconfiguring and Modular Technology – Forum

GOOGLE GROUPS: SELF-RECONFIGURING AND MODULAR TECHNOLOGY – FORUM Get in the conversation on Self-Reconfiguring & Modular Technology in Google Groups! Join the conservation now!

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Google Groups: Modular Robotics – Forum

GOOGLE GROUPS: MODULAR ROBOTICS – FORUM Get in the conversation on Modular Robotics in Google Groups! Join the conservation now!

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Flexibility Envelope – Blog

FLEXIBILITY ENVELOPE – BLOG From Per with the Flexibility Envelope: I write this blog as a way to explore one of the most interesting technological developments today, Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics. I find it interesting and enlightening to not only read and listen, but also to write and speak about this exciting area. I enjoy the concentration and focus that […]

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BOOKS


Self-Reconfigurable Robots: An Introduction (Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents)

SELF-RECONFIGURABLE ROBOTS: AN INTRODUCTION (INTELLIGENT ROBOTICS AND AUTONOMOUS AGENTS) By Kasper Støy, David Brandt and David J. Christensen A comprehensive survey of the growing field of self-reconfigurable robots that discusses the history of the field, design considerations, and control strategies. Read the overview and purchase from The MIP Press    

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EVENTS


Robotics: Science & Systems Workshop on Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robots – RSS06

ROBOTICS: SCIENCE & SYSTEMS WORKSHOP ON SELF-RECONFIGURABLE MODULAR ROBOTS – RSS06 See the Full Schedule Here

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Robotics Science and Systems – RSS05

ROBOTICS SCIENCE AND SYSTEMS – RSS05 Self-Reconfigurable Robots/Systems and Applications Workshop 2005 Robotics Conference at MIT Read More  

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IROS Workshop – Self-Reconfigurable Robots, Systems and Applications – IROS08

IROS WORKSHOP – SELF-RECONFIGURABLE ROBOTS, SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS – IROS08 Read More

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PDF & PPT FILES


Reconfiguration Planning for Heterogeneous Self-Reconfiguring Robots

RECONFIGURATION PLANNING FOR HETEROGENEOUS SELF-RECONFIGURING ROBOTS Abstract: Current research in self-reconfiguring robots focuses predominantly on systems of identical modules. However, allowing modules of varying types, with different sensors, for example, is of practical interest. In this paper, we propose the development of an algorithmic basis for heterogeneous self-reconfiguring systems. We demonstrate algorithmic feasibility by presenting O(n2) time centralized and O(n3) time […]

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Modeling Lattice Modular Reconfigurable Systems with Space Groups

MODELING LATTICE MODULAR RECONFIGURABLE SYSTEMS WITH SPACE GROUPS by Nicolas Brener, Faiz Ben Amar, Philippe Bidaud with Laboratoire de Robotique de Paris Several modular systems have been developed, one can distinguish lattice systems [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6] and chain type systems [7], [8]. A review on these systems can be found in [9]. Today […]

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Hormone-Inspired Self-Organization and Distributed Control of Robotic Swarms

HORMONE-INSPIRED SELF-ORGANIZATION AND DISTRIBUTED CONTROL OF ROBOTIC SWARMS Abstract: The control of robot swarming in a distributed manner is a difficult problem because global behaviors must emerge as a result of many local actions. This paper uses a bio-inspired control method called the Digital Hormone Model (DHM) to control the tasking and executing of robot swarms based […]

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PODCASTS


Flexible Elements with Per Sjoborg

FLEXIBLE ELEMENTS WITH PER SJOBORG Kasper Stoy, Associate Professor, USD Modular Robotics Research Lab Check out the Podcast Here  

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VIDEOS


Superbot – A fully morphing modular robot – YouTube

SUPERBOT – A FULLY MORPHING MODULAR ROBOT – YOUTUBE Shen and Co. over at USC’s ISI department have developed this fully self powered modular robot. Very cool stuff.  Published by Alexander Yoon via YouTube

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Shape-shifting robot forms from magnetic swarm – YouTube

SHAPE-SHIFTING ROBOT FORMS FROM MAGNETIC SWARM – YOUTUBE  Published by New Scientists via YouTube

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Self-Reconfigurable Robots and Digital Hormones – YouTube

SELF-RECONFIGURABLE ROBOTS AND DIGITAL HORMONES Published by GoogleTechTalks via YouTube

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WEBSITES


Wrestling with robot snakes

WRESTLING WITH ROBOT SNAKES Snake robots are not only cool, but potentially very useful. Most groups building them hope to send them into disaster zones to locate people stranded in fallen buildings… Read More

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USC-ISI Polymorphic Robotics Laboratory

  USC-ISI POLYMORPHIC ROBOTICS LABORATORY We conduct research in adaptive, self-reconfigurable, autonomous robots and systems, including StarCell, modular, multifunctional and self-reconfigurable SuperBot, Hormone-Inspired Control (HIC), Surprise-Based Learning (SBL), self-healing MORPHOS robots, self-reconfiguration Distributed Planner, self-reconfigurable, optimizing and healing networks LANdroids, self-assembly SOLAR robots, dual-purpose AUV/ROV underwater CATALINA robot, self-reconfigurable CONRO and SERES robots, the award-wining DreamTeam soccer-playing robot team, the MEMS Intelligent Motion Surface, the award-wining indoor navigation YODA robot, as well as highlight […]

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Self-Reconfigurable Robots Get It Together

SELF-RECONFIGURABLE ROBOTS GET IT TOGETHER Self-reconfigurable robots are a long way from liquid metal T1000 CGI Terminator robots, but still, it’s impressive to watch a robot reassemble itself after being kicked apart… Read More

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WIKI

Utility fog – Wikipedia

UTILITY FOG – WIKIPEDIA Utility fog (coined by Dr. John Storrs Hall in 1993[1]) is a hypothetical collection of tiny robots that can replicate a physical structure.[2][3][4][5] As such, it is a form of self-reconfiguring modular robotics… Read Full Wiki Entry

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Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics – Wikipedia

SELF-RECONFIGURING MODULAR ROBOTICS – WIKIPEDIA Modular self-reconfiguring robotic systems or self-reconfigurable modular robots are autonomous kinematic machines with variable morphology. Beyond conventional actuation, sensing and control typically found in fixed-morphology robots, self-reconfiguring robots are also able to deliberately change their own shape by rearranging the connectivity of their parts, in order to adapt to new circumstances, perform new tasks, or recover from damage… Read Full Wiki […]

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Robotics: Exotic Robots: Modular and fractal Robots

ROBOTICS: EXOTIC ROBOTS: MODULAR AND FRACTAL ROBOTS A robot is generally designed for one particular activity, or at best a few closely related activities. This of course isn’t the ideal situation as many jobs require a large number of very different activities. For example, building the walls of a house and installing plumbing and electricity […]

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