Shape-Shifting Robots Designed to Build Furniture When You Need It

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Researchers at EPFL are working on a better approach. Instead of deciding on a specific piece of furniture, they're working on tiny modular robots that simply assemble into whatever furniture you happen to need at the moment, be it a table, a chair, a bench, or whatever.

Shape-Shifting Robots Designed To Build Furniture When You Need It

The research project seems to be targeted at those dealing with physical disabilities, since having a chair automatically assemble and roll over to them when needed makes a lot of sense. But there's still a lot of potential in this creation for everyone else.

When miniaturised further, the modular robots would even be able to recreate specific designs. So one day, instead of browsing the Ikea catalog and heading to its warehouse to find your next dining set, you could simply download the instructions and let a small army of robots automatically assemble themselves into your new Torsby table.