Self reconfiguring robotic systems are potentially more robust and more adaptive than conventional systems. The reconfiguration ability allows a robot or a group of robots to disassemble and reassemble machines to form new morphologies that are better suitable for new tasks. Machines can replace faulty parts autonomously, leading to self-repair.
Simulate and perform human tasks – A modular robotic matrix with the right tool attachments and software can do almost any human task or perform any human skill or action. These robots do not move the same way as a person, but able to replicate the same results. Module size 15mm or smaller matrix can simulate hand and finger actions.
Remote operations, tele-presence, tele-manipulation – Remotely performing tasks, including the operation of machines and equipment remotely, is possible and especially desirable in cases involving hazardous environments and conditions. A remote operator receives sensory data transmitted by a robot at different location.
Self reconfiguring robotic systems can potentially lower overall robot cost by making a range of complex machines out of a single (or relatively few) types of mass-produced modules. The added degrees of freedom make modular robots more versatile in their potential capabilities.
The invention provides long-term self-sustaining robotic ecology that can handle unforeseen situations and self repair. Self-reconfigurable systems have the ability to handle tasks that are not known a priori, and adopt to new situations simply by changing software code.
Self-reliable robotics ecosystems are advantageous in space missions and other missions that are highly volume- and mass-constrained. Sending one robot system that can reconfigure to achieve many tasks may be more effective than sending many robots that can do one task each.
Creates its own momentum forces. Electric current drives the electromagnets to move modules and objects with controlled force and speed. This system is multi-directional and reconfigurable, and permits the use of adjustable force and speed in many appliances – e.g., simulating an engine – in a combustion engine, the initial forces are linear (pistols move up and down in a linear motion); the crankshaft transform this linear momentum to rotational torque. Modules can simulate pistols to turn a crankshaft to generate torque
Space Engine adapts and evolves to new tasks and environments. Separating into multiple matrices provides the ability to tackle multiple tasks at the same time or in remote locations simultaneously. Upgrading or adding a new machine is very fast – simply add the new tool attachments and software to an existing matrix. Rapid on demand transformation from one machine configuration to another is possible.
All degrees of three dimensional spatial freedom is provided. Multi directional motion & force. Three dimensional displacement of modules and objects, XYZ motion. Permits transport of parts of the matrix and objects from one end of the matrix reach to the other end.
One or more matrices with the right tools attachments can assemble and disassemble machines and other objects, or assemble and construct parts, components and objects, and then operate, maintain, service, repair other machines, equipment and objects, or disassemble, deconstruct or demolish machines, equipment and objects, and then sort, store or recycle them.
Continuous motion, displacement propulsion. Displacing modules from the rear of the matrix to the front of the matrix, similar to tank/bulldozer thread tracks. Matrices are able to self relocate, and to push or pull along objects with them. Load balancing and stability capabilities are provided by having the outer modules of the matrix making multiple contact anchor points around its immediate terrain floor, walls and roof of a given location to create a structure and roadways for other modules and associated objects to move forward. Once the main body moves forward, the rear modules creating the structure and roadways detached and moved to the front of the system to create new structure and roadways.
Modules are able to displace over, under, around and through terrain and obstacles. Flowing motion is provided – similar to a fluid – by moving modules from the rear to the front of the matrix while creating void spaces around obstacles, even displacing through small openings and navigating rough terrain.