Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a soft robotic cube that uses a series of spring-loaded metal tongues to jump, bounce, and roll. In this video, we watch the process of building a cube in just one minute. (Learn more: http://www.csail.mit.edu/soft_robotic_jumping_cube).
In future work, the jumping mechanism will be improved in order to launch the robot higher and farther than is possible with the current design. With some lightweight payloads, such as miniature cameras and other sensors, this robot can be used for various tasks such as search and rescue, surveillance, and exploration.
The Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL: http://drl.csail.mit.edu/
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Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT
Featured builder: Shuguang Li/CSAIL
Image assistance: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT
3-D printing capture: Shuguang Li/Fabian Zhang/The Distributed Robotics Lab at CSAIL