LEGO-like experimental lattice technology may help military robots reconfigure themselves in the field

Feb. 11, 2021
Robots rearranging to form a bridge made of robots, similar to ants, is one step toward structural robotics, which feature reconfigurability.

ADELPHI, Md. – Army scientists, along with university researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have created a LEGO-like structure to connect materials they hope could build robots made of robots. Army Times reports. Continue reading original article

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11 Feb. 2021 -- Much like ants linking up to form temporary bridges, tiny future robots may do the same to help soldiers move across the battlespace. The LEGO-like lattice system are an early advance into ways to make robots that can reconfigure on their own, according to an Army statement.

One envisioned application, according to the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, would be a swarm of robots that could form a bridge across a river for troop crossing then reconfigure to another mission.

Bryan Glaz, associate chief scientist at the ARL Vehicle Technology Directorate, said in the statement that some of the applications could also include high-performance robots that could build impact/blast absorbing structures. Part of this work comes directly from efforts to advance Army maneuver and movement.

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