New Penn Engineering Autonomous Robots Combine Into Different Shapes to Accomplish Tasks

Researchers at Penn’s Mod Lab have developed SMORES-EP, a robotic system capable of transforming into different shapes to adapt to an array of environments. A recent paper in Science Robotics details their work.

Penn Engineering
Oct 31, 2018 · 5 min read
SMORES-EP in a “snake” configuration, ideal for traversing stairs. Tracked by the sensor module in the center, individual SMORES-EP modules can connect in different ways, depending on the task at hand.
An individual SMORES-EP module. The electro-permanent magnets on the module’s wheels mean they can connect with and manipulate other modules.
Tarik Tosun, behind the computer, works on SMORES-EP while Cornell co-author Gangyuan Jing looks on.

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University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science

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