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Self-Reconfiguring Robots Katherine Davidson, Jennifer Ellison ECE 317 Abstract Today’s robots perform routine procedures and repetitive tasks. For example, an assembly line robot in a factory performs a single task repetitively. The public and industry use robotics primarily for convenience and savings. In terms of their design, present-day robots are intended to perform a specific task. In contrast, self-reconfiguring robots represent the next generation design. These robots are similar to the multi-function robots from the Transformers films. “Robots” is a term used to describe programmable electro-mechanical machines that possess a character of human-like behavior. The current development of self-reconfiguring robots will facilitate change of shape and modification of software and hardware to accomplish a task. Developers believe these self-configuring “smart” robots could significantly impact our everyday life. Self-reconfiguring robots are composed of modules. A module is a small, generally simple piece
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course ECE 317 taught by Professor Peck,t during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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