Watch These Spiderbots Scale a Wall to Weave a Hammock
We've seen robots (and drones) that can scale walls before, but inventor Maria Yablonina found a way to put that impressive technology to good use, by creating climbing bots that can spin carbon fiber into a hammock.
Popular Mechanics recently shared the above video of Yablonina's Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures. As the two semi-autonomous robots navigate around horizontal or vertical surfaces (in grid sequences that are triangular, diagonal, hexagonal, or circular), they pass a bobbin of carbon fiber back and forth while wrapping the thread around anchor points.
The end result of the project above is a hammock, but the technology could have more applications in the future, given that the robots can maneuver around walls, floors, roofs, and ceilings.
[h/t Popular Mechanics]
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