Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Comfy or Creepy? Robot Furniture Rearranges Itself on Demand

From Live Science

Like a scene right out of "The Jetsons," a fleet of robotic blocks could assemble themselves into pieces of furniture that can move around the house.

A group of scientists in Switzerland is developing small robotic modules, called "roombots," which fit together like LEGO bricks to form structures that can self-assemble and morph into different shapes.

The idea of roving furniture may be somewhat disconcerting, but the researchers envision them being used to provide assistance to elderly or disabled people.

Sorry, this would just freak me out. Between the chickens, Rooster Cogburn, chipmunks and prairie dogs, I have enough things that scurry around and scare me everyday. No thanks.