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Old 02-25-2007, 08:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OH Great they are getting into Phase 2

Incredible Robots Walk, Roll, Climb and Cooperate Ker Than
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Sat Feb 24, 11:35 AM ET



They’re not quite Transformers, but new robots created by researchers at the University of Southern California are definitely more than meets the eye.


Called “superbots,” they are made up of identical modular units that plug into each other to create robots that can walk on four legs like an animal [image] or two like a human [image], crawl like a centipede, climb like a spider, wiggle like a snake and even roll like a wheel [image].


“Superbot consists of Lego-like but autonomous robotic modules that can reconfigure into different systems for different tasks,” explained Wei-Min Shen, a researcher involved in the robot’s development. “This design allows flexible bending, docking and continous rotation. A single module can move forward, back, left, right, flip-over and rotate as a wheel.”


Each module contains its own power supply, sensors and micro-controllers. They can communicate with one another and even reshuffle themselves.


Shen recently presented the Superbots at the 2007 Space Technology and Application International Forum (STAIF) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Superbot Videos:

Caterpillar Motion Walk Like a Human Roll Across the Room Climbing a Rope Syncrhonized Autonomous Movement Communication and Shape Shifting Searching and Hooking Up Climbing a Fishnet Climbing a Hill Sidewinder Motion Butterfly Motion
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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would it have killed you to add some links to movies and pictures?
http://www.livescience.com/technolog...superbots.html

edit: we're all fucking dead

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Old 02-25-2007, 11:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Agreed. We are going to all die horrible painful deaths.
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They can climb a fucking fishnet. There goes my plan to replace all stairs and ramps with netting. Screw saving for retirement, I'm saving up for an EMP device.
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would it have killed you to add some links to movies and pictures?
http://www.livescience.com/technolog...superbots.html

edit: we're all fucking dead
sorry bout that. I saw the article clicked the links and then just cut and paste. I was too scared to fix it when I saw the links didnt work. I just wanted to run away and smash up some robots.
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