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Robot comedians, robot game designers, robo-readers. On Spark, it seems like we’ve explored almost every type of robot. Until we heard about robot pebbles. Yeah that’s right, robotic pebbles that can communicate, self-assemble and morph into any object they surround.

This week Nora spoke with Kyle Gilpin one of the head researchers and developers behind the self-assembling robots. Kyle is a post doctoral student at MIT where he and his supervisor Daniela Rus have developed these self-assembling robotic pebbles at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Kyle spoke about how the robot pebbles work, the future of robots, and whether we’ll actually be able to own a bag of this “magic sand” in the near future.

You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [Runs 10:07]

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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