That was pretty cool, right up until it unexpectedly fell over
Originally Posted by motivez
I'm trying to think of practical applications, but aside from accidentally stepping on my Roomba (I don't own a Roomba) and not having to buy another one, I'm not really sure.
Search and recovery? There are only 3 clusters in that video, but I can see them making 50/500/5000 smaller clusters and dropping them in a pile of debris and letting the things squirm to the bottom to re-assemble.
Or bigger modules could be used as a transport that reconfigures to the most efficient size based on the payload.
Or it could be a way to pack a robot for travel so it re-assembles itself upon arrival.
Or maybe the builder could send 50 modules to a job site and the robot can pick the 5/10/20 it needs to do the job at hand, and then go back and modify its own design as the job changes.