Pentagon Developing Shape-Shifting 'Transformers' for Battlefield

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  1. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    I call promotional BS for ROTF. I can not see how the same mass that goes into a wrench can shape-shift into a hammer unless either of the two tools is a dwarf-sized tool.
     
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    Awesome. I wants me some programmable matter.
     
  4. Aernaroth

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    Not a particularly well written story, (though it is Fox News, take that as you will) but I think what they're getting at is that they're working on the BASICS of programmable materials / memory materials, and then trying to give an example of how they could be applied a long way down the line, though not particularly a good one.

    From the looks of it, they're working on sheets and discrete modules. So you'd end up with something like origami that folds itself and something that works like self-assembling Lego, respectively.

    There's a number of possible applications for each, such as (for the sheets) airfoils and aerospace frames that change shape for different environments/situations, or possibly materials that can reshape themselves after being deformed and damaged. Hell, in theory you could use the material to close-pack bomblets that reshape themselves in midair for maximum armor-piercing potential. For the discrete "bucket of parts" they mentioned, there's a lot more that could be done, depending on their size and strength. Tools, possibly, parts, again, possibly, or even more complex objects like armor or self-assembling structures.
     
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    Ratchet2007 Neither Here Nor There

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    This is probably promotional as it is a news story on TRED
     
  6. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    Probably more like promotional BS piggybacking on ROTF hype.
     
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    Sounds really cool! I wonder if it will ever actually work.
     
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    kenm2474 LORD DC TFW2005 Supporter

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    Here comes the T-1000
     
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    i've heard about this from a few different places. sounds pretty awesome, but the money should probably be used to relieve 3rd world debt or develop a cure for cancer.
     
  10. SlipKnotDrifter

    SlipKnotDrifter I love ROTF :P

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    This was a few months ago. Not promotional for ROTF, this was back on Engadget a while ago.
     
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    What if this technology COULD cure cancer? =P
     
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