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MIT Researcher Works Toward Robots That Assemble Themselves In an Oven

timothy posted about 8 months ago | from the carefully-follow-the-plath dept.

Robotics 20

TechCrunch is among the many outlets which carry news (based on a release from MIT professor Daniela Rus) of robots that take advantage of materials engineered to change shape with the application of heat. With carefully planned creases and slits "printed" into flat sheets of plastic, heat-induced deformation can be channeled to create complex three-dimentional shapes, something between origami and Shrinky-Dinks. The creases can also be used to create moving parts in the finished product, and -- as with papercraft -- folding, overlapping and other techniques can increase the stiffness or otherwise give useful properties to the robot bodies formed. From the article: "This project could also produce a variable resistor by opening or closing an electric component and even create metallic muscles that contract when heated or current is applied. It’s obviously still in very early stages right now but Rus and her team will exhibit the technology at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation this year and maybe, one day, our cake-like robotic servants will rise up and bake us."

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MIT killed Aaron! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47142835)

Abolish MIT immediately.

Re:MIT killed Aaron! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47142891)

Of course MIT wants to put things\people in ovens. Nazis never fucking change.

Re:MIT killed Aaron! (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 8 months ago | (#47142999)

Troll or not, it helps when you put a link about the subject [wikipedia.org] in your post.

Re:MIT killed Aaron! (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 8 months ago | (#47145039)

Just great. Now we are trying to forge robots from hell.

Re:MIT killed Aaron! (1)

FilmedInNoir (1392323) | about 8 months ago | (#47146067)

Robot Devil approves

Can this be 3D printing somehow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47143027)

The 3D printing bandwagon still has lots of space left for yet more hype!

No, I like the fail safe. (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 8 months ago | (#47143049)

Robots formed this way can be properly managed using a chemical fire extinguisher like a shock collar.

No! Bad robot.


Re:No, I like the fail safe. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47148065)

Until the Robots build something in the oven to overcome it..

Re:No, I like the fail safe. (1)

Optali (809880) | about 8 months ago | (#47148479)

Like a pie?

Arghh. (1)

Bartles (1198017) | about 8 months ago | (#47143087)

The video preview thumbnail even shows a robot. Actually watch the video, and all you get is some strain gauges the curl up, and a stupid coil. Not impressed!

Re:Arghh. (1)

Ksevio (865461) | about 8 months ago | (#47143903)

Well the thumbnail shows a "robot" - the type you might see in a 1960's sitcom. There's nothing specifically robotic about anything in this apart from that image.

There could be a use as a basic 3D printer, though it seems like it'd be a bit limited.

Just write it off at MIT hype.


Latinhypercube (935707) | about 8 months ago | (#47143161)

This has been solved !
All you need is a LEGO manufacturing machine and a LEGO Assembler. Both prefereably made of LEGO.
Next step, conquer the Galaxy...

Matrix (1)

WyldPhyr (3622571) | about 8 months ago | (#47144043)

This was what happend 150 years be for the Matrix

earth's core (1)

bob_jenkins (144606) | about 8 months ago | (#47144493)

I hear the inside of the earth is molten, and under high pressure. What I want is a robot that operates at that temperature and pressure, and can swim about earth's core. Don't know what it would use as an energy source.

Cookie Robots! (2)

pslytely psycho (1699190) | about 8 months ago | (#47145175)


Robots are treated same as bakery products (1)

derrick11 (3667575) | about 8 months ago | (#47145851)

This news sound's quite interesting as this is the first time I ever heard that robots are treated same as bakery products :) I wish I would get a chance to see their assembling procedure once.

Advancement !!! (1)

jamieeloran2110 (3667553) | about 8 months ago | (#47145899)

i believe this is called development and advancement in technology !!

our cake-like robotic servants (1)

kanuac (473178) | about 8 months ago | (#47147083)

"our cake-like robotic servants will rise up and bake us."

Err.. I've heard that before: http://p1.portal2sounds.com/17... [portal2sounds.com]

1950's robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47147723)

Just because it has a humanoid form doesn't mean it has anything to do with robotics.

frozen pizza (1)

Laura Ammaniti (3679543) | about 8 months ago | (#47152859)

They are suitable to put them under the bed (or freezer) and then you need them, just heat them in a owen.
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