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A remarkable new kind of robotic locomotion has emerged in the form of small "robots" that are constructed in the shape of a wheel. The spokes are made of a shape memory alloy; the rim of the wheel is made of an elastic polymer. (Read
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|"couldn't it be extended to a sphere? A ball rolling in any direction ..."
(coucou 7/4/2004 11:26:30 AM)
|"Yes, that is the end result of taking three of the soft robots and intertwining them to create a "ball." It might be a lot harder to program, though."
(Bill Christensen 7/4/2004 5:46:01 PM)
|"I tried to sell this idea to a major UK arms company, and they said it would never work and, even if it did, they couldn't see a use for it!"
(soapy 7/9/2004 7:27:35 AM)
|"I just heard about smart materials and shape memory alloy. Now, I got inspiration from this concept."
(R.S.Nakandhrakumar 10/9/2004 9:51:26 PM)
|"To answer coucou's question from last summer, it turns out that there is such a thing as a spherical robot. However, it moves not by deforming its surface, but by moving an internal weight. See Rotundus."
(Bill Christensen 1/14/2005 1:50:18 PM)
Could you tell me which firms currently offer shape memory polymers?
What are possible substitute products for these polymers in the future?
My email id is email@example.com
(Darshit R T 9/9/2006 12:08:05 AM)
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