Some of you might remember seeing the terrifying video of one of the world’s first fully-functional, four-legged robots we posted about not too long ago. Now, meet something equally cool on the opposite end of the spectrum, MIT’s tiny transformer robot.

WATCH: (Tiny) Reconfigurable Robots at MIT

In order to design this feisty little machine, the researchers drew inspiration from biological protein chains (groupings of amino acids known for gathering and twisting around in such a way that they formulate complex shapes). By creating a large number of minutely small, self-sufficient machines and making them work in conjunction with each other, they create a collective robot that can bend into just about any shape known to man.

According to Neil Gershenfeld — the head of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and the person who came up with the concept for the machine — “It’s effectively a one-dimensional robot that can be made in a continuous strip, without conventionally moving parts, and then folded into arbitrary shapes.”

Eat your heart out, Michael Bay.


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