Mini-bots in motion

There are three magnetic mini-robots in front of the coin - can you see them? Picture courtesy of Scientific American

There are three magnetic mini-robots in front of the coin - can you see them? Picture courtesy of Scientific American

I have commented before about nano-motion devices, but time marches on and Scientific American have a report (with videos) on a new design of magnetically-levitated mini robot – just a few millimetres in size.

You can also see the videos here:

Now I admit I found it impossible to understand either exactly how they worked, or what they were doing! But simply watching the videos of the robots scooting around was amazing and I felt like I was looking at something out of the future.

SRI is the company that invented SIRI,  the voice recognition technology used in my new iPhone. Below is general purpose video of the kinds of toys robots they are working with.  I found their ‘surgical’ devices particularly fascinating.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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One Response to “Mini-bots in motion”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Indeed the mini-bots are amazing. Like sci-fi. I can’t see anywhere how they work, did you find an explanation. Surely they aren’t autonomous there must be something under the table!

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