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These robot spiders offer a glimpse into the future of 'swarm construction'
Spiders are creatures capable of producing feelings of both fear and wonder. Presumably, the distinction is how far away from your house they remain. Of course, after seeing these spiders, or ‘spiderbots’ to be exact, that could soon change. The Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for Filament Structures (try saying that three times fast) was developed at the University of Stuggart’s Institute for Computational Design (ICD). The concept is called ‘swarm construction,’ and is essentially a newfangled way of proving that many hands makes light work. In this case, however, the hands belong to robotic spiders that spin intricate designs using carbon fiber and look like they were designed with a Spirograph.