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January 30, 2008

Solution to "Lost"?: shapeshifting microelectromagnetic robot swarms

SmokebotBy way of Engadget.

New Scientist online is reporting on the work of scientists at Carnegie Mellon University who are developing "[s]warms of robots that use electromagnetic forces to cling together and assume different shapes...."

This is a pretty crude representation of shapeforming by the robot swarm, but it serves to illustrate the direction in which they're heading:

Let's see if this is what "smokey" on Lost is all about.


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