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ELEKTRO 11/2018 was released on October 31th 2018. Its digital version will be available on November 30st 2018.

Topic: Switchboards and substations; Maintenance of electrical equipment; Rotating electrical machines and drives

Main Article
Smart Cities (part 4 – volume 1)

SVĚTLO (Light) 5/2018 was released on September 17th 2018. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Interiors lighting
Luminaire selection by the concept of interior
The unique book about interiors nowadays on market
Invitation on colloquium Interiéry 2018 – exceptional action for the seventh time

Newsreel
Profesor Jiří Habel passed away – memories remain

Shape-shifting modular robot is more than the sum of its parts

01.11.2018 | Cornell University | www.cornell.edu

General-purpose robots have plenty of limitations. They can be expensive and cumbersome. They often accomplish only a single type of task. But modular robots – composed of several interchangeable parts, or modules – are far more flexible.

If one part breaks, it can be removed and replaced. Components can be rearranged as needed – or better yet, the robots can figure out how to reconfigure themselves, based on the tasks they’re assigned and the environments they’re navigating.

Now, a Cornell-led team has developed modular robots that can perceive their surroundings, make decisions and autonomously assume different shapes in order to perform various tasks. The robots are composed of wheeled, cube-shaped modules that can detach and reattach to form new shapes with different capabilities. The modules, developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, have magnets to attach to each other, and Wi-Fi to communicate with a centralized system.

Read more at Cornell University

Image Credit: Tarik Tosun

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