Shape-shifting robot forms from magnetic swarm

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See some prototypes of robot swarms created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

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25 thoughts on “Shape-shifting robot forms from magnetic swarm

  1. Uhhh…Just so some …
    Uhhh…Just so some know, if they were to use these in a horror movie, they would have to have a HUGE board to put the created…thing on. You cant morph something in mid-air…3-d wise anyways. If you look at the car, there is a board or screen under it. That means it probably has to stay on the screen. Plus, I was watching the show on this.

  2. I could just …
    I could just imagine hours of modifying cars with these things. making whatever you want and having a 3d version of your imagination. humankind would be ultra advanced if thie imagination could be embles inforont of their faces. then the sun goes out and we all die (or develop nightvision and bioluenecence and prosper in the dark too)

  3. the magnetic flow – …
    the magnetic flow -electrons responding to others are the keys to understanding Everything tangable-this holds stuff together/from atoms to the universe -every form of life and substance depends on magnetic flow forces or nothing could work-including DNA == u-tube the electric universe for some basic info-Great VIDEO and thanks for posting

  4. I am sorry, but we …
    I am sorry, but we dont really like a bunch of overly detail explaination XD we can’t even understand it, or wont be bothered XD just simply ur statements XD

  5. Dangit! people keep …
    Dangit! people keep stealing my ideas! But as they’re engineers, and I’m just a wannabe SF writer, that’s okay.

  6. lol were ed.. …
    lol were ed..but i’l probably die from old age by the time that actually happens ^_^

  7. Cool but… AhhhhH? …
    Cool but… AhhhhH??? Can anyone else sense the sci-fi horror movie? Recreate a person? Terminator anyone? Crap! I already have nightmares of things creeping in under my door to kill me!

  8. swarm robots are …
    swarm robots are already in action in large digital file archives.they sort memory banks in a computer system using timed patterns. archive robots have to be small to fit in a computer and have to be synchronized to sort the files in a way for them to be used later. people encounter this all the time,how do you think computer rebooting is possible.archive robots sort the files into a ”library” which is a separate memory system and allows the main system to work independantly and be modified.

  9. Oh no. Who has …
    Oh no. Who has read Michael Crichton’s ‘Prey’? This is it, we’re ed.

  10. seriously, this is …
    seriously, this is the way to go. Maybe make each one act as a neuron, too. So you end up with a polymorphic brain.

  11. No, we don’t have a …
    No, we don’t have a soul you are right, and yet.. We ARE a soul, we HAVE a body 🙂 THe soul doesn’t really have anything to with the brain, it simply passes into our body, I believe our personality is our soul.

  12. Reminds me of the …
    Reminds me of the michael crichton book “Prey” where tiny nano robots self replicate and kill people.

  13. Kudos to Sandrine …
    Kudos to Sandrine Cuerstremont!!!! You’ve brought the production up a notch. This is a really cool idea. it looks like they’ve got the first principles of this technology all worked out. I suppose it won’t be too long before the concept comes to fruition.

  14. it appears that its …
    it appears that its still far from being the replicators in stargate for example, id give them brainy robotic scientists round 10 more years to develop something as sofisticated as a replicator which doesnt need help and can has a fought processor implant lol

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