Molecubes: Reconfigurable Modular Robots

Posted Apr 21, 2009 1:28 AM

A couple years ago, we posted about some cube robots from Cornell that could not only transform into different configurations, but actually replicate by picking up additional components. Festo has adopted the design, with independent cubes that can attach to each other and accept accessories to create just about any type of robot you want, with a little bit of creative programming. You can see a video of Festo's cubes here.

Molecubes are actually an open source project that you can play with yourself, if you want... Just stick together the right mix of control cubes, battery cubes, actuator cubes, and gripper cubes, do a little programming, and you're good to go:

Each Molecube costs about $250, and you'll have to buy the parts and assemble them yourself. See more of what a bunch of Molecubes interfaced with a cell phone might be able to do, after the jump.

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