Explore how the Odin system of self-reconfiguring modular robotics works by using a strut-based deforming system. In this interview, Andreas Lyder details how these modules rearrange themselves. Even in a fixed configuration, the deforming or transforming property will be tremendously interesting to researchers in the future because the Odin system can provide fast, high-resolution actuation. The only caveat is that the scope of the change cannot be too large.
Rearranging modules and changing properties will both play an integral part in any future self-reconfiguring modular robotics system. Lyder also talks about his recent work with a new system, called Thor, where units can have different functions (one unit might be an engine while the other might be an angular actuator). Lyder discusses the challenges of assembling modules and programming his robots.
Andreas Lyder co-authored the article "Reusable electronics and adaptable communication as implemented in the odin modular robot" for ICRA 2009. For IROS 2009, he was the lead author for "Representation and shape estimation of Odin, a parallel under-actuated modular robot." In 2008, he co-authored "Mechanical design of odin, an extendable heterogeneous deformable modular robot" for IROS. Lyder also contributed to "A self-reconfigurable communication network for modular robots" for ROBOCOMM in 2007.
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Photo: Andreas Lyder