Self-reconfiguring modular robots, nervous machine forces

The self-reconfiguring modular robot combines, divides and even heals itself while maintaining full motor sensory control. Researchers at Université libre de Bruxelles developed a robotics system that has the potential to produce robots that can change size, shape and function independently.

Tinuku Self-reconfiguring modular robots, nervous machine forces

The research team at Université libre de Bruxelles deploys the robots controlled by the nervous system where sensors are flexible and adaptive. The modular robot consists of several units that can form as collective and coordinated forms.

Marco Dorigo and his colleagues designed the robots that can adjust the body by splitting and merging into new independent robot entities. The autonomous device selects the correct shape and size in response to the task or environment.

The robotic nervous system can also split up and combine to maintain motor sensory control. These robots can even heal themselves by removing or replacing the non-functioning parts, including non-functioning brain units.

The research team reported to Nature Communications. Dorigo says in the future robots will no longer be designed and built for a specific task, but the production of a robot that can adapt to the changing needs of entirely new tasks.