Reconfiguration by Self-Disassembly
In this video, each cube is a robotic module that recognizes and connects to its neighbor. Using an computer interface, a user can sculpt the structure into any shape. The structure then disassembles itself into the desired shape by disconnecting and discarding the unneeded cubes.
This is research conducted by the Distributed Robotics Lab in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). For more info: