## Re: [Cute] ATRON Shapeshifting Robot

From: Shae Matijs Erisson <shae@...>

Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 23:10:39 +0100

"andrew cooke" <andrew@...> writes:

> ATRON is constructed from many identical, broadly spherical modules, each
> 11 centimetres in diameter. Each module is split down the middle and can
> rotate one hemisphere using an onboard motor. The cells can also latch
> onto each using connectors placed at either end. -
> http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996683

Seems like an interesting combination of group theory and engineering would be
to find the set of 3D tiling shapes that give the best structural strength and
still allow for movement.
--
Shae Matijs Erisson - http://www.ScannedInAvian.com/ - Sockmonster once said:
You could switch out the unicycles for badgers, and the game would be the same.