Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a series of tiny, spherical robots that they say can morph together into a "liquid that thinks."

The droplets are about the size of a ping-pong ball. Their intelligent design allows them to self-assemble with each other into a variety of shapes. Researchers behind the project are hoping to use large amounts of the mini-robots to take on complex projects, such as putting together parts of a large aircraft or telescope, according to a press release.

Nikolaus Correll, assistant professor at the university and lead researcher of the project, says in the release that the technology is similar in principle to human cells.

"Every living organism is made from a swarm of collaborating cells. Perhaps some day, our swarms will colonize space where they will assemble habitats and lush gardens for future space explorers"