Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dark_Convoy, Apr 2, 2012.
This sounds amazingly awesome.
This made Sandman happy as a clown.
great, now i can build my dream house out of sand.
This is more "Smart Gravel" than "Smart Sand", but the advances we're seeing here in electropermanent magnet use, distributed computing as well as intelligent independent assembly could be extremely useful and I am more than a little impressed.
I'm surprised that reductive, as opposed to additive construction is supposedly giving better results, but I guess it makes sense if the blocks/pixels/quanta/whatever don't have the capacity to move themselves beyond magnetic attraction. I'm curious as to whether this puts a bunch of limitations on the shape and profile of the object, especially at the size they're dealing with now.
What's really interesting in this, however, is the idea that the building blocks can be used to scan, as well as assemble an object, transmitting the shape info to pieces some distance away to begin assembly, through other building blocks. That's a very interesting little trick of programming.
So... does this mean that when I play with my toys in the sandbox & lose the weapons that I can just get new ones the next morning?
You could probably use the same technology to sort out your weapons back to you on the surface, or even to separate objects by certain criteria.
Clever. But can it make women?
Ironically, you'll probably still need to find a woman for that.
Well, some of them are pretty abrasive.
Sand gets everywhere.
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