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MIT Invents New Self-Assembling Cube Swarmbots

Oct 4 2013, 10:04am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

MIT Invents New Self-Assembling Cube Swarmbots
A prototype of a new modular robot, with its innards exposed and its flywheel. MIT/M. SCOTT BRAUER

An MIT geek has just come up with the impossible. Self-assembling cube swarmbots are the new invention this genius has managed to facilitate into the real world.

Everybody from the experts down to the ordinary people pooh-poohed the idea. Yet it seems science holds a few surprises up its sleeves. The inventor of self-assembling cube swarmbots at MIT has shown the world once and for all that if the mind can conceive it, the body can achieve it. 

John Romanishin is the man behind these constructions of science fiction. They are basically cube-shaped robots without any outer parts. However, being sort of physically handicapped doesn’t stop these mechanical dominos from doing all sorts of acrobatics. They can climb atop each other, jump into the air and attach/detach from one another in seconds. This thrilling invention almost reminds one of the mercury-like, shape-shifting androids in the Schwarzenegger movie Terminator II. 

These cute little electronic devices can have a number of applications. From repairing equipment to solving issues in an environment where humans cannot go, they are truly a marvelous bunch of rare and revolutionary robots. The power they hold of deconstructing and reconstructing themselves is phenomenal and can be utilized for a variety of purposes. They may contain within them photographic equipment, lights or even fuel cells as per requirement. 

The secret behind the solution is a flywheel that is able to go up to speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute. This imparts momentum to each cube which is then capable of performing all the physical acts which defy the imagination. They also contain magnets which cause the attachment and detachment to occur so nimbly. It is a work of pure genius by a remarkable man from MIT.   

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