The real-life robot transformer that puts on a different recyclable exoskeletons to change between walking, rolling, sailing to even flying. Stuart McDill reports.
Primer - the robot transformer - learning from nature. Like a hermit crab changes its shell - so can Primer. Here it's putting on an origami-inspired exoskeleton - a plastic sheet folds itself around the base unit when heated up... turning the robot into a walk-bot... which in turn can put on another exoskeleton - to make itself bigger - big enough to carry things... until it wants to take an exoskeleton off - which it does by simply dissolving it in water. Researchers at MIT imagine a space mission with just one robot but a stack of exoskeletons. The next step will be to develop even more abilities - driving through water or burrowing in sand to camouflage their colour.