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ChainFORM, robot modules that can transform

Can one system of tiny robo-modules attached together in a line transform into multiple tools, interfaces, and creative opportunities? This is ChainFORM from a team at MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group, a hardware system that includes touch detection, angular detection, visual output, and motor actuation within each module. The project is an expansion on the lab’s 2015 LineFORM project:

What would you program ChainFORM to turn into?

Next: InFORM. Plus these: Modular, self-assembling robots from EPFL and MIT, Sticky Actuator: Inflatable stick-on pouch motors, and Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature?

via Prosthetic Knowledge.

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