The Future is Here: Self-Assembling Furniture Powered by Mini Robots
Arranging and rearranging furniture isn’t uncommon, but what if your chairs and tables could anticipate your needs and reconfigure themselves? Roombots, a project from Ecole Polytechnique Federerale de Lausanne (EPFL) that was funded by the Swiss NCCR in Robotics, explores simple modular robots that create moving, self-assembling furniture.
One of the applications that most interests the Roombots team is assistive furniture for the elderly or those with a motor handicap. With a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, researchers will design modules to monitor health; aid the user in sitting, standing up, or lying down; manipulate objects; and move closer or farther away, as needed.