Robot chair goes on tour with its fall-apart pull-self-back-together act

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The Robotic Chair looks like a regular wooden straight-backed chair, until it falls apart into several pieces… whereupon the pieces invoke their 14 motors, 2 gearboxes, and various other components to pull the entire chair back together into a regular-looking free-standing chair again. (Go see the video for yourself.) While the Chair was designed simply as an art piece, the implications weren’t lost on commenters: “They can use this technology to make robots that can be regenerative if destroyed.” Could they do that with my clothes closet? [GT]

Raffaello D’Andrea’s robotic chair creates stir online, falling apart and reassembling itself [via Gizmodo]

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Gabrielle Taylor