Get back in shape!

Eiichi Yoshida, Satoshi Murata, Shigeru Kokaji, Akiya Kamimura, Kohji Tomita, Haruhisa Kurokawa

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A microsized model of a self-reconfigurable homogeneous modular robot that opens up many applications is discussed. To develop a modular microrobot that can actively reconfigure itself, an actuating mechanism driven by a shape memory alloy (SMA) is adopted. A hardware prototype of a 2-D modular microrobot is implemented, and each module is equipped with a control unit that drives actuators and facilitates intermodule communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-60
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec
Externally publishedYes


  • Microrobot
  • Modular robot
  • SMA actuator
  • Self-reconfigurable robot

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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