The new Kickstarter-funded, snap-together bots from Modular Robotics look like a swell toy. They’re also the best real-world example to date that an entire class of ultra-durable and adaptive robots are finally ready to wriggle out of the lab.
No humans were harmed in the making of this video from Cornell University, demonstrating a new technique for teaching robots how to handle objects within the proper context—such as not accidentally lacerating anyone with an explicably naked blade.
The bots being developed by the National Robotics Initiative aren't the droids you're looking for—they're better. A look at the surprising co-robots supported by the federal initiative's second round of funding.