Smart Pebble Robots Duplicate Object

MIT researchers present a digital fabrication technique for manufacturing active objects in 2D from a collection of small robots. Part of the paper, “A Distributed Algorithm for 2D Shape Duplication With Smart Pebble Robots,” by K. Gilpin and D. Rus, presented at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Learn more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/smart-pebble-robots-duplicate-objects

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14 thoughts on “Smart Pebble Robots Duplicate Object

  1. They haven’t yet …
    They haven’t yet invented a microphone. Give em? time 😛

  2. This is actually an …
    This is actually an unsuccessful attempt to copy the technology developed? in the scientific and research centers in the UK over 5 years ago. Look on Youtube.

  3. I don’t see any …
    I don’t see any replication here. Give? me back my 1:20 of life!!!

  4. Dont hope for the …
    Dont hope for the best, make the best happen. 14+ ppl? hope for the best and cant ever make it happen.

  5. This looks like the …
    This looks like the beginnings of foglet technology, or “utility fog”. Ray Kurzweil predicts this technology will be able to produce “fog” that can materialize into solid objects… Just like? the shadow demon in Game of Thrones. Scary stuff.

  6. The first tv screen …
    The first tv screen was not Full colour or HD, in fact it was grainy, black and white, and barely operable. These robots are obviously going? to get more sophisticated and much, much smaller, but to expect sophistication like that in the first stage of development is lunacy

  7. If you like this? …
    If you like this? kind of things (swarm computing and robots) and you don’t already know it, I can suggest you to watch this
    /watch?v=4oSavAHf0dg

  8. Correct, the …
    Correct, the thinking is perhaps that one day something like this could be nano sized and? could “digitize” even a bottle cap, if small enough it might be hard to spot the difference. Really this is just a demo of distributed computing (each block does a bit of the computing).

  9. Oh, now I …
    Oh, now I understand. Nice. I assume that only a shape “quantized” by the unitary dimensions of the blocks could be duplicated (I mean that a bottle cap couldn’t be replicated) am I? right?

  10. They talk to each …
    They talk to each other? to work out the shape of the black blocks and then some of them stick together to replicate its shape. At the end you see the replicated shape, that is two blocks stuck together.

  11. I think I might …
    I think I might need something more to appreciate the process.? it seems to me they’re sitting there doing nothing

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