Collection by Ali B. Zagat

The Future is Here: Self-Assembling Furniture Powered by Mini Robots

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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.

Each Roombot is an autonomous unit that cooperates with its group to self-assemble, self-modify, and move to different...
Roombots are capable of moving on a grid of connectors as well as off-grid free locomotion in a room, and can transfer...
Roombots contain both an active motorized mechanism and a passive connection plate, and can create pieces that...
Engineers envision Roombots evolving over time to create larger and more complex structures—for example, joining stools...
One of the applications that most interests the Roombots team is assistive furniture for the elderly or those with a...
Roombots can also store themselves in a carton when not in use, or create a static structure such as a box or wall.
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