MIT’s Self-Assembling Smart Sand Can Take On Any Shape

April 2, 2012 by  
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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will soon present a paper describing algorithms that could eventually enable “ smart sand ”; self-sculpting sand that can take on any shape. Their research involves cubes measuring approximately 10 millimeters (0.4 inch) with simple microprocessors embedded within, and magnets affixed to four of its sides. It is believed that the sand will be able to spontaneously form new tools, or even duplicate broken mechanical parts. Read the rest of MIT’s Self-Assembling Smart Sand Can Take On Any Shape Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , Daniela Rus , Kyle Gilpin , massachusetts institute of technology , MIT , reconfigurable robots , robotics , robots , self sculpting sand , smart robotic sand , smart sand

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