Cube robots are flying into space!

Cube robots are flying into space!

Scientists from CSAIL have applied the principle of evolution to robots, and have created devices that can change shape depending on the situation. For the basis, a fairly common cube shape was taken.

Cube robots, called ElectroVoxel, were developed jointly with scientists from the University of Calgary (Canada). Each fin of the device is an electromagnetic ferrite core wrapped in copper wire. Cube robots do not have an engine or moving parts; they use electromagnets to move.

The length of each side of the robot is only 60 millimeters. Thanks to the principle of the electromagnetic field, when the polarity changes, the cube robots will either repel each other or be attracted. In addition, the developers also provide the ability to rotate robots in a given direction, and can also transfer charge from one robot to another. A kind of technological swarm of robots.

With their own sophisticated software, operators can control up to 2,000 devices simultaneously, arranging them into complex geometries. This feature allows you to adapt these babies to the environment or landscape, and becomes indispensable for the expansion of space.

Experts tested ElectroVoxel in microgravity during parabolic flight. The scientists concluded that the cube robots could change the inertial properties of the spacecraft, which would help reduce the need for additional fuel for reconfiguration.

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