TETwalker : NASA's Tetrahedral Nano Robot Swarm

March 31st, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Future, Mechanical Tech, Nanotech | 3 Comments »

NASA’s new shape-shifting robot, TETwalker, could help the endurance of future spacecrafts. Its structure is a tetrahedron, consisting of telescoping struts and motors which are coordinated to shift the robot’s center of gravity, causing a tumbling motion.

The robot’s inherently rigid geometry coupled with its mode of locomotion make it an ideal candidate for the harsh conditions of space exploration. The current prototype, though not nano-scaled, is going through rigorous test to help optimize its performance. When the nano-scaled robot is realized, it would have the capacity to connect and disconnect from other TETwalkers, allowing an entire swarm of robots to form any shape as “autonomous nanotechnology swarmsâ€?, or ANTS.

TETwalker concept animation

via endgadget


3 Comments on “TETwalker : NASA's Tetrahedral Nano Robot Swarm”

  1. 1 boyd altenhofen said at 10:47 pm on June 5th, 2005:

    Following this new robot idea. my son Michael Altenhofen left today for a freshman intership at goddard spaceflight center for the summer. Will be following the program. Good luck sounds like a good idea. tx boyd

  2. 2 boyd altenhofen said at 10:48 pm on June 5th, 2005:

    Following this new robot idea. my son Michael Altenhofen left today for a freshman intership at goddard spaceflight center for the summer. Will be following the program. Good luck sounds like a good idea. tx boyd

  3. 3 sanjay barua said at 2:09 pm on January 26th, 2009:

    this is a very good topic for presenting paper…i know people who’ve been winning thousands presenting papers on this topic in INDIA….


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