Friday, 27 Apr, 2012 Technology
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Latest Invention: Robotic Arm Makes Webs Like a Real Spider Would Do

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A team of researchers from MIT's Media Lab came up with a robotic arm that can spin material into web like a real spider does depending on the surroundings.

Elizabeth Tsai, a research assistant at the Mediated Matter Group (which is part of Media Lab), compared the web-making process to 3D printing, saying that one material is continuously, layer by layer, set atop other material until the web is created.

The final goal of such robots is to be able to carry out an "additive manufacturing process," which, according to Tsai, "looks at your surroundings… and can weave around these objects, sort of like a spider."

So far the researcher did not offer any information on where this technique could be used in real life. We can only assume that the technology could help create hammocks on demand or scaffolds for construction.

Check out the video below to see the robot in action.

[CNET

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