Imagine building your own personal Rosie in 24 hours. That's what MIT researchers are setting out to accomplish.
MIT received a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to re-invent how robots are designed and produced. The goal is to make desktop technology for the average person to be able to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.
Currently, it takes years to produce a robot, but this five-year project called "An Expedition in Computing for Compiling Printable Programmable Machines," wants everyday people, who need help with household tasks, to head to their local printing store to select a blueprint from a library of robotic designs and customize an easy-to-use robotic device that could solve the problem. Within 24 hours, the robot would be printed, assembled, fully programmed and operational.