If you thought that the 3D printed robot named Jimmy, which Intel has been showing off this past week was cool, then you will really be impressed by a project that is being worked on by MIT researchers.
When picturing our future, and the role in which technology will play within it, we all likely envision robot helpers, making life easier, while providing all sorts of human-like interactions with their owners. What we probably didn’t envision, however, is that we may be 3D printing out our own robot in a flat sheet of material, which when put into the oven, self assembles. That kind of technology is even outside the realm of the Star Trek writer’s imagination – not MIT researchers though.
Daniela Rus, who is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, as well as director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, has been working with a team of researchers to produce 3D printed robotics. This weekend Rus and her team will be showing off their research, and the progress they have made. … (Read more)