Today on Far Future Horizons we join Dr Michio Kaku for another exciting installment of Sci Fi Science. According to Hollywood, evil robots are all around us, disguised as cars and trucks. But what the movies don't explain is what kind of mechanical power allows a Chevrolet Camaro to stand up and move around like a human. Dr. Michio Kaku is on a quest to build a real life shape shifting Transformer robot.
On the way, he takes a ride in the amazing hydraulic cars of New York's 'Lunatic Low Riders' and explains the awesome power of a hydraulic smashing crane. At Pittsburgh Zoo, he gets an audience with Nature's greatest transformer — a color changing, shape shifting, fifty pound hunk of muscle that can squeeze itself through a hole the size of a quarter.
Over at Carnegie Mellon, researchers are more impressed with the abilities of the snake. Their robotic serpent can adapt itself to any terrain as it searches for the survivors of disasters. Its modular design impresses Michio as he puts the finishing touches to his very own version of Optimus Prime.
The first and second seasons of Sci Fi Science, hosted by Dr. Michio Kaku is a available on DVD from the Discovery Channel’s online store.
Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible - Shapeshifting Transformer