Micro-robots Making Things!

I’m always a sucker for tiny things but also have a great love for robots, so when I learned about these micro-robots, I really got excited. We’re all familiar with ant colonies, where every tiny creature is running around doing just what it needs to. Well it looks like SRI International has taken inspiration from the giant mounds of insects, to create their own swarms of tiny worker robots that can put together mechanical assemblies and electronic circuits.

Diamagnetic Micro Manipulation (DM3) uses tiny magnets that move under a circuit board, to get the micro-robots to follow a set pattern based on a set of preprogrammed instructions. The system can be set up so just one or a couple of robots are working together, or you can have giant groups of them moving together in sync like some bizarre gymnastics routine. Despite their tiny size, the robots can move up to a foot in a single second, so they can haul around your micro manufacturing supplies pretty swiftly.

SRI says that DM3 can be used for prototyping parts, electronics assembly, biotech lab-on-a-chip experiments, and assembling small mechanical systems in hostile environments. Eventually they plan to scale up the technology, by developing a manufacturing head containing thousands of the little buggers that can build much larger assemblies.

As you might expect, the funding comes from the military, and is part of DARPA’s Open Manufacturing program.

Check out the video of the tiny robots in action, you’ll be surprised by how fast and accurate they can be:

Source – Original written by Michael Trei

Projecteo: A Tiny Instagram Projector

Projecteo is a tiny Instagram projector. It uses wheels of 35mm slide film you make online and each one holds nine photos. Whether they’re of your best friends, that holiday last summer or good old pictures of cats, just pop them into Projecteo, focus by twisting the lens barrel and sit back to enjoy your slideshow. It lets you turn your Instagrams into wheels of 35mm slide film and show them with Projecteo. Projecteo has been designed so you can disassemble it.  This will not only make them easier to recycle but it means you can pull it open and see what’s going on inside. There, you will find a super bright LED, capacitors and resistors, a switch, a decade counter and three batteries. This makes them hackable and great for any DIY projects.

Go to their Kickstarter here if you want to support them or get a Projecteo of your own!

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Tinysaurus Rex

Tinysaurus Rex

I finished building a tiny wooden T-rex. I think I will name him Timmy. He took tweezers, glue and a lot of patience.

If you would like your own tiny dinosaur you can buy them here at one of my favorite stores, American Science & Surplus.