Reconfigurable Robot from MIT

The beauty of this little robot is that it can fold itself into any shape.

Other researchers, including some at MIT, have explored the idea of fashioning reconfigurable robots from a batch of separate pieces that could self-assemble into different configurations — an approach sometimes called “programmable pebbles.” But Gershenfeld’s team found that a string of subunits capable of folding itself into any shape could be simpler in terms of control, power and communications than using separate pieces that must find each other and assemble in the right order useful source. “You can just pass signals down the chain,” Knaian says.

Read more at the MIT News Office.