Metamaterials could lead to transforming robots, say U.S. Army, MIT researchers

The U.S. Army and MIT’s way of linking metamaterials makes building a supermileage vehicles, like this one from collaborators Toyota Automotive Society, possible. Source: Kohshi Katoh, Toyota Automotive Society

Scientists from the U.S. Army and the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a new way to link materials with unique mechanical properties, which they said could lead to military robots made of modular building blocks. The method unifies the construction of varying types of metamaterials using a discrete lattice, or Lego-like, system. This could enable the design of modular materials with properties tailored to their application, said the scientists.

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