Thursday, April 14, 2005

nasa and the nano swarms

these tetwalkers are prototypes for tumbling, miniature, interconnecting "autonomous nanotechnology swarms" (ants). its structure is tetrahedral, with telescoping struts and motors which are coordinated to shift the robot's center of gravity, creating a tumbling motion. while the tetwalkers now are not yet nanoscaled, future tetwalkers would be able to connect and disconnect from other nano-sized tetwalkers, allowing an entire swarm of robots to form nearly any shape in response to different environmental conditions.

idea via future feeder

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