Video: tiny swarm robots for microscale manufacturing

SRI International is creating coordinated systems of tiny ant-like robots that can build larger structures. The aim is a swarm of magnetically-controlled bugbots that could construct electronic devices, conduct chemistry for lab-on-a-chip applications, or do other micro scale manufacturing. It's part of the US Department of Defense's "Open Manufacturing" program. (via Re/code)

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  1. ...tiny robot overlords.

  2. Am I the ONLY ONE who watches cautionary tales?

  3. I get the impression the 'robots' are actually small configurations of magnets, and that all the power to move around comes from the surface they run on, which creates tiny magnetic fields that cause the little devices to move about.

    I think calling them robots is probably a bit misleading. A better description might be 'magnetic pucks'.

  4. Mock away, mocker. Let's see you split them hairs when the nanites are chewing on your big toe.

  5. It's all well and good until a fraggle comes along...

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