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.
MIT Media Lab conducts a silk worm-enabled experiment in bio-digital fabrication. It’s amazing what an army of 6,500 silk worms can do. The MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter Research Group (led by Neri Oxman) collaborated with Harvard... Read Post
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