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Holy Crap: This MIT Robot Might One Day Weave A Building

It’s not eight-legged (yet), but the Mediated Matter Group from MIT Media Lab is training a robot to weave web-like architecture, similar to the way a silkworm creates cocoons or a giant, metal black widow spider will capture humans for sport. It’s called CNSILK (Computer Numerically Controlled Silk Cocoon Construction). The implications of the technology are genuinely exciting.
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MIT Mediated Matter Group: CNSILK

Hobbies / Robotics : (3 years ago)

The Mediated Matter Group within the MIT Media Lab, is dedicated to the development and application of novel processes that enable and support the design of physical matter, and its adaptability to environmental conditions in the cr... Read Post

6,500 Silk Worms Spin One Heck Of A Cloud

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmodo (2 years ago)

Honestly, it seems like silk pajamas are on a downswing in popularity. Which is a damn shame. But the Mediated Matter Research Group (part of the MIT Media Lab) recently put thousands of silkworms to work on an architectural project... Read Post

Thousands of silkworms and one robot made this intricate sculpture

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (2 years ago)

Working under the assumption that silkworms are nature’s original 3D printers, researchers at MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group have created a domed sculpture from silk fibres woven by a robotic arm — which was then completed by... Read Post

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