Slimebot: A Modular Robot That Exploits Emergent Phenomena

@article{Shimizu2005SlimebotAM,
  title={Slimebot: A Modular Robot That Exploits Emergent Phenomena},
  author={Masahiro Shimizu and Toshihiro Kawakatsu and Akio Ishiguro},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation},
  year={2005},
  pages={2982-2987}
}
This paper discusses a fully decentralized algorithm able to control the morphology of a two-dimensional modular robot called “Slimebot”, consisting of many identical modules, according to the environment encountered. One of the significant features of our approach is that we explicitly exploit “emergent phenomena” stemming from the interplay between control and mechanical systems in order to control the morphology in real time. To this end, we particularly focus on a “functional material” and… CONTINUE READING

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