Create robots capable to join, divide and repair themselves


  • A team of cintíficos of the Free University of Brussels have made to these machines, according to a report in ‘Nature’.
  • robots can take on new forms and sizes.
  • Serve by example, to detect, move, and lift objects.


A team of scientists has developed robots able to join, split or even repair themselves without losing their functions, sensory-motor, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature.

This work, led by the Free University of Brussels, opens the door to the emergence in the very near future of robots, in an autonomous way, be able to modify their shape, size and functions.

Many types of automata, remind the authors, are controlled by nervous systems robotic whose sensors and transmitters, for example, are connected to a central processing unit.

however, in most of these cases, these systems are built to fit exclusively to the shape of the robot, which limits their flexibility, adaptability, and capabilities, require experts, including members of the University Institute and of Telecommunications, Lisbon (Portugal).

adaptability, focus can be improved with the use of modular robots, manufactured with multiple units able to form bodies collective. However, progress in the coordination and control of modular robots have been limited by the fact that the above-mentioned units can only be build a limited number of bodies collective with predefined shapes.

Numerous practical applications

“Here, we present robots whose bodies and control systems can be joined together to form robots, entirely new and retain all the control sensorimotor. Our models of control allow the robot display properties that go beyond those of actual machines, or any biological organism”, the authors themselves point out in the text.

These robots last generation can take new shapes and sizes in response to a specific task or to a change of medium, at the time that they are able to repair themselves by removing its damaged parts or replacing them.

For practical applications, the experts are confident that they will serve, for example, to detect, move, and lift objects, as building blocks, although in the future it will not be necessary to build them to develop only a specific task.

“This work brings us one step closer to robots that will be able to, autonomously, change its size, shape and function”, point out the scientists.


Create robots capable to join, divide and repair themselves

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