MIT CSAIL's Primer is a Shape Shifting Robot That Changes Its Exoskeleton

 - Sep 28, 2017
References: mashable
This shape shifting robot is capable of shedding its own exoskeleton so it can better adapt to your needs. Primer was developed by researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL). The tiny magnetic bot "can don specially-treated sheets of plastic that form purpose-built shapes when heated" according to Mashable, rendering it able to carry out a variety of tasks without needing new tools.

The sheets basically change the shape of the robot and enable it to perform different functions. The shape shifting robot could, therefore, take on the form of anything from a small wheelbarrow to a miniature boat. Primer is magnetically controlled. When it goes into water it sheds its exoskeleton sheet and emerges to find another one.