Untitled Document
Not a member yet? Register for full benefits!

 Replicators anyone?

This story is from the category Pure Research
Printer Friendly Version
Email to a Friend (currently Down)



Date posted: 21/09/2004

Well, alright, so they don't replicate. The robots created by Zack Butler and colleagues at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, US only exist virtually, thou each is identical to every other, and are capable of combining and separating as necessary to traverse any obstacle.

The robots cannot yet be built by our technology. The algorithms that allow them to analyse the upcoming terrain, separate, maneuvre round it, in a collection of smaller configurations designed for that terrain, and then recombine however, are very, very real.

This technology works regardless of the design of the robot, so long as all robots are identical, can work independently, and can connect to one another to form a larger structure.

See the full Story via external site: www.newscientist.com

Most recent stories in this category (Pure Research):

08/02/2017: New algorithms by U of T researchers may revolutionize drug discoveries

18/08/2014: RTI International develops novel lung-on-a-chip

30/04/2014: New lab-on-a-chip device overcomes miniaturization problems

25/03/2014: Robotic arm probes chemistry of 3-D objects by mass spectrometry

05/03/2014: First step towards “programmable materials“ - Sheet metal that never rattles

20/02/2014: Team Develops Multi-scale Simulation Software for Chemistry Research

17/10/2013: Fat Black Holes Grown up in Cities: Observational result using Virtual Observatory

26/09/2013: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies