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Self-reconfigurable robots : an introduction

Author: Kasper Stoy; David Brandt; David J Christensen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
Series: Intelligent robotics and autonomous agents.
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"Self-reconfigurable robots are constructed of robotic modules that can be connected in many different ways. These modules move in relationship to each other, which allows the robot as a whole to change shape. This shapeshifting makes it possible for the robots to adapt and optimize their shapes for different tasks. Thus, a self-reconfigurable robot can first assume the shape of a rolling track to cover distance  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stoy, Kasper, 1973-
Self-reconfigurable robots.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)714675565
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kasper Stoy; David Brandt; David J Christensen
ISBN: 9780262013710 0262013711
OCLC Number: 373051205
Description: xiv, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Self-reconfigurable robots --
Designing self-reconfigurable robots --
Mechanical design of self-reconfigurable robots --
Electrical design of self-reconfigurable robots --
The self-reconfiguration problem --
Self-reconfiguration as search --
Self-reconfiguration as control --
Task-driven self-reconfiguration --
Control in fixed configurations --
Research challenges --
Appendix: A simulator for self-reconfigurable robots.
Series Title: Intelligent robotics and autonomous agents.
Responsibility: Kasper Stoy, David Brandt, David J. Christensen.

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A comprehensive survey of the growing field of self-reconfigurable robots that discusses the history of the field, design considerations, and control strategies.  Read more...

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