OVERVIEWClaytronics’ is the concept of the futurewhich aims to break the barrier intransferring and transforming tangible 3Dobjects. The concept basically is to make anobject to be composed of millions ofprogrammed nano scale robots and to movethem relative to each other in a controlledcoordinated manner to change shape andother properties of the body. Claytronicsconsists of individual components calledclaytronics atoms or ‘Catoms’.
Programmable matter refers to matter which has the ability to change its physical properties(shape, density, optical properties, etc.) in a programmable fashion, based upon user input orautonomous sensing
Step -1:changing color Step-2:deformingStep-3:forming with changes Step-4:new model
GOAL…..Our goal is to give tangible, interactive forms toinformation so that a users senses will experience digitalenvironments as though they are indistinguishable fromreality.
PARIO (media type )•primary goal form basis for a new media type, PARIO• a logical extension of audio and video•reproduce moving 3D objects in the real world The long term goal of our work is to impart physical artifacts with such high accuracy that our senses will easily accept the reproduction for the original. When this goal is achieved we will be able to create an environment, which we call synthetic reality, in which a user can interact with computer generated artifacts as if they were the real thing.
Research team focuses on two main projects:Step-1 Step-2 Creating the basic modular building block of claytronics known as the Claytronic atom or catom, Designing and writing robust and reliable software programs that will manage the shaping of ensembles of millions of catoms into dynamic, 3-Dimensional Step-3 forms.
What are CATOMS
•The Smallest individual unitsof Claytronics is termed asCatom. Each unit hasfollowing sub-units•CPU• Network device forCommunication•Power source•Sensor•Single pixel display•Programmable adhesive
Planar catoms: Planar catoms test concept of motion, power distribution ,data transfer, communication..Electrostatic latches:Models a new system of binding and releasing the connection betweenmodular robots, a Connection that creates motion and transfer powerand data…..
Millimeter scale catom:electrostatically actuated and self controlled..these are cylindricalin shape instead of spherical..it consist of a tube and a high voltage CMOS inside it..it has two layer planar structure which cause 2-Dstructure to bent into 3-D due to stress created between the layers..it rolls on passive stator..
Cubes:Employ electrostatic latches to demonstrate thefunctionality of a device that could be used in a system oflattice-style self-assembly at both the macro andnano-scale.
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Future applications of claytronicsMedicine:A replica of your physician could appear in your living room and perform an exam. Thevirtual doctor would precisely mimic the shape, appearance and movements of your"real" doctor, who is performing the actual work from a remote office. .
In situation of disaster..these objects could be used to perform hazardous work and could morph into diff shapes to servemultiple purpose, a fire hose can become a shovel, a laddercan become a stretcher..etc..
Entertainment:A football game, ice skating competition or other sporting event could be replicated inminiature on your coffee table. A movie could be recreated in your living room, and you couldinsert yourself into the role of one of the actors..
HouseholdYou can just draw the design of what ever you want as shown in pictures
3-D printersSome changes may occur in the basic life style itself with emergence of Claytronics. Even carrya tab with a large display in the pocket and when you need it just expand it or if in a meeting ifsome unexpected people come just convert a part of the table into a chair(may be the tablewill become few millimeters less thick).