Many robots are great at performing singular tasks in a specific situation or environment, but they are not good at adapting in unknown environments to complete their objectives. Researchers today published a paper on a reconfiguring robot system that could carry out specific tasks by changing its physical design. Think Transformers, but without the explosions and collateral damage. The modular self-reconfigurable robot (MSRR) system created by scientists at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania is composed of several modules that connect to one another to form larger robotic structures. By reconfiguring the arrangement of these modules, the robots can transform from a wheeled robot into an arm able to lift and move objects, or a snake-like robot that can climb stairs. The results of their experiments is detailed in the report, “An integrated system for perception-driven autonomy with modular robots,” published today in Science Robotics. In the ‘snake’ design, the modular robot sheds two of its wheeled parts and is able to navigate a small staircase. Source: Tarik Tosun “One of the big potentials of modular robotics in the autonomous field is that they can adapt...