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Modular robotics for adaptive and self-organizing furniture that moves, self-assembles, and self-reconfigures. Our dream is to provide multi-functional modules that are merged with the furniture and that lay users and engineers can combine for multiple applications.

Key features:
  • Controlled from centralized PC; commands over serial port on Bluetooth
  • 3 degrees of freedom and 2 active connection mechanisms per module
  • Local sensors to detect docking position
  • 10 connection surfaces per module
  • 2 LED rings per module for visual feedback
  • Extensible with specialized elements (Universal Gripper, LED spotlight, camera + on-board PC)
  • One module can lift another module and up to 500 g as payload in the end effector
  • Easy-to-use GUI (based on Unity; only visualization, no physics)
  • Position, speed or Central-Pattern-Generator (CPG) control
  • Off-grid (free) and on-grid locomotion
Possible applications:
  • Rapid prototyping of robots by coordinating multiple modules
  • Automatic construction of shapes or objects
  • Smart moving manipulator or spotlight
  • Novel interface to control and coordinate multiple modules at the same time

Technical specifications

Outer dofs specs:31.5 RPM (no load), 8.4 Nm (nominal)
Inner gearbox reduction:366:1 (custom made)
Overall dimensions:110x110x220 mm (4.3?x4.3?x8.7?)
Weight:1.7 kg (3.1 lb)
Degrees of freedom:3 (continuous rotational)
Number of connection surfaces:10 (active or passive)
Active connection type:4-way symmetrical gender-less mechanical latches
Energy source:4-cell LiPo battery, 1200 mAh. Autonomy ~1 hour
Inner dof specs:20.4 RPM (no load), 4.3 Nm (nominal)
Outer motors:Maxon RE 25
Inner motor:Maxon RE-max 24
Outer gearboxes reduction:305:1 (custom made)

Access information

Corresponding infrastructureÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
BioRobotics Lab
LocationRoute Cantonale, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Unit of accessWorking day

Additional information


Coronavirus pandemic

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we sincerely hope that you are staying safe in these challenging times that we are facing at the moment. The current emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply changed our lives. The recent and progressive lock-down forced us to reorganize our working routines in smart working modalities and to shut down the TERRINet infrastructures. Therefore, we regret to inform you that Trans-National Access has been suspended until further notice.

However, we would like to reassure you that we will keep evaluating the proposals submitted for Trans-National Access regularly. Indeed, despite access cannot be allowed for a while, the selected users will be queued and access will take over gradually as soon as the situation will allow it. We also inform you that a special application mechanism has been settled in TERRINet to mitigate the delays that will occur due to the COVID-19.

The Open Call no. 4 is currently open: we are accepting proposals under the new mechanism called "first come, first served". Proposals are directly forwarded to the evaluation panel as soon as they are submitted. Proposals submitted closer to the deadline will be dispatched after that. The deadline for the Open Call n.4 will be on May 31, 2020.

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