Imagine if each tiny little block of something was actually a smart object (meaning it has a CPU, input & output), and that these blocks worked as a group to reposition themselves. Sort of like lego’s that build themselves. Cool huh? Real.

Granted these things are not sand sized yet, with some serious miniaturization still needing to take place, but the fun work of the low-level system logic and control design is underway.

The idea is much like a replicator on Star Trek, in that you could provide this system with a 3D item to scan (or a wireframe image of one) and it would send the design to the sandbots. The software in the sandbots would work to position and lock themselves into place, ultimately creating a reasonable facsimile of the object’s shape.

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An Update On The Human-Robot Competition

Hello humans. I have two items I’d like to brief you about. As always – be vigilant. Robots are not to be trusted.

The Squishy Robot has no skeleton and can crawl (shimmy?) underneath small spaces.

Then there’s this scary monster that can solve Rubik’s Cube in 5 seconds, using a smart phone as it’s processor and a bunch of specialized arms.

Perhaps we get these two together for a robot night out and make a baby bot that would crawl under the bed and solve the puzzles it finds?

Robots Exist Among Us

Oh computers, how you both empower and enslave us at the same time!

This site has recently been overrun by fake users, most with google mail or a russian email address. These spambot accounts don’t seem to do anything yet, they just lurk amongst us, I’m sure waiting for an exploit to pounce on to generate bajillions of malicious attacks.


This post is just a quick note to the real humans subscribed to this blog. Be aware and be smart.

Robots don’t have any human rights!

Let me know if you see or even smell any trace of hacking going on from my sites, I will go bot hunting and wipe out all those fake accounts.


Bot hunting

Btw — if you are a subscriber from .ru or .gmail, feel free to post something real on this thread and your account will likely survive the upcoming great bot wars of 2011.