American researchers have introduced mini-robots which can move on clothes31 October 2016
A team of researchers from Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed tiny robots called Rovables which can climb on the vertical surface, move on clothes and even gather in groups. The invention can be used for various purposes but first of all Rovables have been created to demonstrate capabilities of modern technologies.
Tiny robots move on the user’s clothes with the help of little magnetic wheels which are situated on both parts of cloth. Miniature wearable devices can crawl in a pocket on their own, settle on a hand, move to the shoulder to inform the user about a message, pull up the sleeves and even group into a light if the user is riding a bicycle and wants to change direction.
Robots can move on clothes nonstop for approximately 45 minutes. If they work from time to time, battery will serve a couple of hours. It is interesting that Rovables can be charged wirelessly.
Now researchers aren’t planning to introduce the device on the market because Rovables have to be improved. In particular, specialists want to add the function of moving in a 3D space. In order to do that researchers need to construct a microcontroller which will be able to map such a difficult route.
So, once again, researchers have demonstrated that we are entering the era of smart technologies and wearable devices will soon become as common and in-demand as watches or smartphones.