'Smart sand' builds copies of objects
The Sandman would have certainly approve of the latest experimental tech to come off MIT. Researchers from the university have demonstrated how tiny computer pellets, just a few millimeters in size, were automatically bound together to form a simple 2-D shape. The same algorithm might be used in a future refined version which could allow this kind [...]‘Smart sand’ could morph into any object automatically is a post from ZME Science. © ZME Science - All Rights Reserved. Thank you for being a subscriber, Download your very own FREE copy of our recently released e-book "Our Incredible World, Like You've Never Seen It Before".
Stick an object inside a grid of these little electronic cubes, and they automatically create a copy
Mon 2 Apr 12 from Newscientist
Self-sculpting sand could allow spontaneous formation of new tools, duplication of broken mechanical parts
Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool. A few seconds later, you reach into the box and pull out a full-size footstool: The sand has assembled ...
Mon 2 Apr 12 from Phys.org
MIT researchers are trying to build tiny robots that can join together to create usable tools.
Tue 3 Apr 12 from BBC Technology
Smart grains of programmable sand could one day be used to build anything spontaneously.
Tue 3 Apr 12 from Discovery.com
Scientists and students with the Distributed Robotics Laboratory at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed self-sculpting sand, the university said Monday.
Tue 3 Apr 12 from FOXNews
Tue 3 Apr 12 from Ubergizmo
The Sandman would have certainly approve of the latest experimental tech to come off MIT. Researchers from the university have demonstrated how tiny computer pellets, just a few millimeters ...
Mon 2 Apr 12 from ZME Science
Research effort uses distributed robots that communicate with each other to auto-duplicate shapes by forming an object out of a larger pile of smart sand.
Mon 2 Apr 12 from CNET Cutting Edge
New algorithms could enable heaps of ?smart sand? that can assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts.
Tue 3 Apr 12 from Laboratory Equipment
Researchers in the US are developing tiny robots that can assemble themselves into products and then disassemble when no longer needed.
Mon 2 Apr 12 from The Engineer