Walking spiderbots weave ‘impossible’ structures with carbon fiber

It is, at the terribly least, terribly cool to look at. The robots have spools of carbon fiber thread that they pass back and forth when affixing to points on the wall, like 2 hands developing a cat’s cradle. (“See the cat? See the cradle?”)
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Being able to crawl on the walls and act with each other in swarm fashion might so turn out some actually distinctive structures and utilize areas in quite an totally different manner.

Menges is inspired by nature’s economy and ingenuity; his team has based buildings on insect and lobster shells, and the bots described here clearly are influenced by arachnids and other silk-weaving animals. (There’s an amazing episode of Life in the Undergrowth dedicated to them, incidentally, which you should watch.)

The plan now is to increase the number of robots and allow them to maneuver and attach the fibers to other surfaces, like ceilings or curved walls. That should allow for even more unusual creations. Whether you’d want to live or work in a mind-warping expanse of black yarn, of course, is a separate question altogether.