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Fractal Robots Definition In order to respond to rapidly changing environment and market, it is imperative to have such capabilities as flexibility,

adaptability, reusability, etc. for the manufacturing system. The fractal manufacturing system is one of the new manufacturing paradigms for this purpose. A basic component of fractal manufacturing system, called a basic fractal unit ( !"#, consists of five functional modules such as an observer, an analy$er, an organi$er, a resolver, and a reporter. %ach module autonomously cooperates and negotiates with others while processing its &obs by using the agent technology. The resulting architecture has a high degree of self'similarity, one of the main characteristics of the fractal. (hat this actually means in this case is something that when you look at a part of it, it is similar to the whole ob&ect. )ome of the fractal specific characteristics are* )elf'similarity )elf'organi$ation +oal'orientation !,A-TA. ,/ /T) !ractal ,obot is a science that promises to revolutioni$e technology in a way that has never been witnessed before. !ractal ,obots are ob&ects made from cubic bricks that can be controlled by a computer to change shape and to reconfigure themselves into ob&ects of different shapes. These cubic motori$ed bricks can be programmed to move and shuffle themselves to change shape to make ob&ects like a house potentially in few seconds. It is exactly like kids playing with .ego bricks and making a toy house or a toy bridge by snapping together .ego bricks, except that here we are using a computer. This technology has the potential to penetrate every field of human work like construction, medicine, research and others. !ractal robots can enable buildings to build within a day, help perform sensitive medical operations and can assist in laboratory experiments. Also, !ractal ,obots have built'in self repair which means they continue to work without human intervention. Also, this technology brings down the manufacturing price down dramatically. A !ractal ,obot resembles itself, i.e. wherever you look at, any part of its body will be similar to the whole ob&ect. The robot can be animated around its &oints in a uniform manner. )uch robots can be straight forward geometric patterns0images that look more like natural structures such as plants. This patented product however has a cubical structure.A fractal cube can be of any si$e. The smallest expected si$e is between 1222 and 12,222 atoms wide. These cubes are embedded with computer chips that control their movement. !,A-TA. ,/ /T 3%-4A5I)3 )I36.% -/5)T,"-TI/5 D%TAI.) -onsiderable effort has been spent in making the robotic cube as simple as possible after the invention had been conceived. The design is such that it has the fewest possible moving parts so that they can be mass produced. 3aterials re7uirements have been made as flexible as possible so that they can be built from metals and plastics which are cheaply available in industrial nations but also from ceramics and clays which are environmentally friendlier and more readily available in developing nations. The cube therefore is hollow and the plates have all the mechanisms. %ach of these face plates have

electrical contact pads that allow power and data signals to be routed from one robotic cube to another. They also have 89 degree petals that push out of the surface to engage the neighboring face that allows one robotic cube to lock to its neighbors. The contact pads are arranged symmetrically around four edges to allow for rotational symmetry .