The M-TRAN II Self-Reconfigurable Modular Robot looks a lot like an AT-AT (or All-Terrain Armored Transport) from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and the idea of an all-terrain walker is one also applied to the M-TRAN II, albeit with a different approach. The M-TRAN II can reconfigure itself into patterns that make it more stable on different types of terrain. On a flat surface, for example, the 'bot walks on four legs like an elephant. When it approaches a slope that may make it wobble, it rearranges the block modules that compose its body, and transforms into a flopping, flat, snake-like figure.
The M-TRAN II features considerable improvements over the group's first M-TRAN prototype as it's smaller, lighter and faster, and features battery-powered wireless control and stronger computing modules.
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