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Submission + - Modular robots that self-assemble, coordinate and take flight (

Sabine Hauert writes: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” — a catch phrase that aptly expresses the Distributed Flight Array: a modular robot consisting of hexagonal-shaped single-rotor units that can take on just about any shape or form. Although each unit is capable of generating enough thrust to lift itself off the ground, on its own it is incapable of flight much like a helicopter cannot fly without its tail rotor. However, when joined together, these units evolve into a sophisticated multi-rotor system capable of coordinated flight and much more.
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Modular robots that self-assemble, coordinate and take flight

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Alexander Graham Bell is alive and well in New York, and still waiting for a dial tone.