Someday not far away from us Massachusetts Institute of Technology will change the way we are living our lives right now. Researchers at the Mediated Matter Group which is a part of MIT Media Lab are reported to have been working on a robot whose design and basic functionality is inspired from a silkworm.
Called CSILK (Computer Numerically Controlled Silk Cocoon Construction), it is three-week old and weaving a yarn on prearranged hooks. But soon the material will be replaced by nylon. Sounds like it will replace the textile designers once fully operational.
The robot is perform this task of weaving through human programming but researchers want to make autonomous, which means its use will be more broader than our thoughts. It may build you an abstract design of a room once coded, or an entire house which will differ creatively from the other houses in your block.
Elizabeth Tsai who is a research assistant in this project said that the ultimate goal of making this spider-like robot is to gain “additive manufacturing process,” one which “looks at your surroundings… and can weave around these objects, sort of like a spider.”