Researchers at MIT’s CSAIL HCI Engineering Group have developed modular cube-based self-reconfigurable robots named ElectroVoxel that use electromagnet-powered actuation embedded into each cube’s edge to reconfigure in three dimensions via pivoting.
In the experiment, they used three-dimensional self-reconfigurable robots and showed 2D and 3D self-reconfiguration using pivot and traversal maneuvers on an air table and in microgravity on a parabolic flight.
The outcome of this research titled “ElectroVoxel: Electromagnetically Actuated Pivoting for Scalable Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robots” is to appear in proceedings of ICRA ’22.
Watch a short video of their research below:
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