Living organisms constantly adapt to their environment to maintain homeostasis. Robots, on the other hand, are typically static, designed for a particular purpose rather than adapting to changing situations. The Self-Balancing Table is an example of a ‘modular robotic system’ that does have the ability to adapt to various conditions. Rather than being governed by a centralized computer, it is composed of 12 independent, identically programmed “modules,” which cooperate through local communication to maintain equilibrium.
To view a video of the Self-Balancing Table, please visit the following link: http://wyss.harvard.edu/viewmedia/24/selfbalancing-table