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2022-08-09
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Switzerland has developed a new type of robot module, which can freely assemble and change different forms of "furniture"

according to media reports, if you have seen the animated cartoon "the Jetsons", you should also have a memory of the vast and wandering robot team inside. Now, a group of Swiss scientists have developed a small robot module, which can be freely combined like Lego blocks to construct different forms of "furniture". According to media reports, if you have seen the animated film "the Jetsons", you should also have a memory of the mighty and wandering robot team inside. Now, a group of Swiss scientists have developed a small robot module, which can be freely combined like Lego blocks to construct different forms of furniture. A team of small robots shuttle quickly in your room. It was just a kitchen table, but now it has become a rocking chair on the balcony. Researchers hope to use this robot to help the elderly or disabled by studying the experimental data made in the future if there is a gap between the screw rods

massimovispinani, an engineer at the Federal University of technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, said: long ago, someone proposed the idea of designing module components that can self assemble and transform shapes, but we didn't have a good idea about how to use these modules. Vispinani and his colleagues decided to apply this idea to robot furniture

each robot is a completely independent individual, with a length of 9 inches (about 22 cm), just like a pair of dice connected together. It is equipped with a battery and three small motors, which can move in three different directions. Roombot is also equipped with a set of retractable claws, which can hook other modules to form a larger structure

these robot modules have two operation modes: one is to connect to other modules along the grid line on the floor or wall, and the other is to separate from the grid and shuttle freely in the room

the cleverness of researchers' design is not only that these robot modules can be aggregated to form furniture, but also that their products such as ropes, wires and so on can be tested, and can also be connected with existing furniture. The practice is to stick a special material on the floor, walls and traditional furniture, which is equipped with small holes that the robot's small claws can hook

this research team is now experimenting with different ways to control furniture, such as using tablet computers, voice or gesture recognition. Vispinani believes that in order to serve the elderly, these robots may have to have more autonomy, but it should not be time for fully autonomous robots

researchers said that this robot module is only in the prototype stage at present, and it is expected that the impact damage quality and corresponding data can be automatically calculated by the computer and displayed in the next 20 years. The current prototype still has many limitations, such as the assembled stool can not bear the weight of a person, and the battery can only last for an hour. But researchers believe that these problems will be solved in the future. In the future, robots may be able to share energy, which can be charged when connected to the module group

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