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MIT’s new robot can put on different exoskeletons to gain new powers



MIT’s Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has created a new robot that’s designed to be as adaptable as possible, with the ability to use different “outfits” that each provide different “powers” to the robot. These could include optimizing its ability to walk, for instance, as well as navigating water and even taking to the skies.

This super cool little robot is basically a cube, and CSAIL calls it ‘Primer,’ which is a perfect setup for a sci-fi story based on this thing. In the video below, you can watch it in action, as it navigates itself into the center of its exoskeletons, and then uses emitted heat to wrap the suits around itself. Then, it can do different stuff, like hit the waves or ramble about more quickly on land.