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Visualizing the abstractToday’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Allegra Boverman, of senior Walter Menendez.

Programming has fascinated senior computer science and engineering major Walter Menendez since he was 10, and he first got his hands on the Mega Man franchise of video games. One game, in particular, features sentient avatars that could traverse a physical representation of the Internet, a virtual world in which “life is the same as technology,” Menendez recalls. Since that early exposure to augmented reality, it’s been a field he’s chased — and one that he finally got his hands on as an undergraduate at MIT.

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Today’s Spotlight uses a video, by Jonathan Bachrach, showing a simulation of a reconfigurable robot.

The device doesn’t look like much: a caterpillar‑sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home‑workshop drawer. But the technology behind it, and the long‑range possibilities it represents, are quite remarkable.

The little device is called a milli-motein — a name melding its millimeter‑sized components and a motorized design inspired by proteins, which naturally fold themselves into incredibly complex shapes. This minuscule robot may be a harbinger of future devices that could fold themselves up into almost any shape imaginable.

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