Amazing curved robot that can travel in space does “the impossible” and ‘defies the laws of physics


This is what a creepy curved space robot looks like “the impossible” and defies laws of physics”, which could mean new technologic discoveries in locomotion. 

According to reports, the robot was created at Georgia Institute of Technology and defies the law of movement “that a stationary object cannot move without exchanging momentum with its environment.”

A team of engineers created a robot that 'defies the laws of physics'


Engineers created a robot that “defies the laws” of physics.Credit to Georgia Tech

The team published Their findingsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS]. 

Instead of using flat mechanisms, the robot uses curved space. 

“We let our shape-changing object move on the simplest curved space, a sphere, to systematically study the motion in curved space,”Zeb Rocklin was the principal researcher.

“We learned that the predicted effect, which was so counter-intuitive it was dismissed by some physicists, indeed occurred: as the robot changed its shape, it inched forward around the sphere in a way that could not be attributed to environmental interactions.”

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The robot had to be isolated from all outside forces in order to minimize the impact of its curving parts. 

This was done in order to avoid any interaction with the environment or change in momentum. 

The motors that drove the motors on the tracks created the curving space. They were then attached to a rotating shaft, creating a spherical area. 

To alleviate friction, air bearings and bushings were used and gravity was lowered by aligning the rotating shaft with the Earth’s gravity. 

Although only slightly affected by gravity or friction, the robot seemed to be able to cross-breed with its curved parts, creating an unusual dynamic that cannot have been achieved on its own. 

Rocklin hopes that the team’s methods will allow for more experimental research into curved space. 

It could be used to navigate through the highly curvilinear space around black holes. 

“This research also relates to the ‘Impossible Engine’ study,”Rocklin. 

“Its creator claimed that it could move forward without any propellant. That engine was indeed impossible, but because spacetime is very slightly curved, a device could actually move forward without any external forces or emitting a propellant – a novel discovery.”

Zeb Rocklin hopes the methods used by the team will lead to more experimental investigations of curved space


Zeb Rocklin is hopeful that the team’s methods will enable more experimental studies of curved spaces.Credit to Georgia Tech


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