A robot that can ‘grow, retract, re-grow to different shape’

The Economic Times | Nov 10, 2019 at 7:11 PM
  • Robots are a common view these days in factories and other places.
  • To solve this technologic complication, MIT engineers have developed a robot designed to extend a chain-like appendage flexible enough to twist and turn in any necessary configuration, yet rigid enough to support heavy loads or apply torque to assemble parts in tight spaces.
  • As the chain is fed into the box, it turns around a winch, which feeds it through a second set of motors programmed to lock certain units in the chain to their neighbouring units, creating a rigid appendage as it is fed out of the box.