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Configurable Robots Can Be Mixed, Matched for Tasks in Space

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The Walking Oligomeric Robotic Mobility System could revolutionize how we approach space robotics, according to MIT.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers engineered the Walking Oligomeric Robotic Mobility System (WORMS) to revolutionize space robotics.

MIT's Brooke Bensche said, "Our idea was that, with just a few parts, combined in different ways, you could mix and match and get all these different robots."

The university's Michael Brown said the system's appendages were inspired by the humble worm because each can make "similar movements as an arm, or a leg, or a backbone, or a tail."

Each configurable articulated robot carries its own motors, sensors, computer, and battery; they can be assembled individually to perform small tasks or together for more complex functions.

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