Topics: Claytronics, Programmable matter, Computer Pages: 20 (5006 words) Published: July 17, 2013


1. Abstract

2. Introduction

3. Claytronics Vs Nanotechnology

4. Claytronics Hardware

5. Millimeter Scale Catoms

6. Software Research

7. An Internet in a Box

8. Nodes

9. Seamless Ensemble

10. The Research Program

11. Programming Language for Claytronic Ensembles

12. Shape Sculpting in Claytronics

13. Localization

14. Dynamic Simulation of Claytronic Ensembles.

15. Application.

16. Challenges facing Claytronics.

17. Conclusion.

18. References.



"Claytronics" is an emerging field of engineering concerning reconfigurable Nanoscale robots ('claytronic atoms', or catoms) designed to form much larger scale machines or mechanisms. Also known as "programmable matter", the catoms will be sub-millimeter computers that will eventually have the ability to move around, communicate with each others, change color, and electro statically connect to other catoms to form different shapes.

The forms made up of catoms could morph into nearly any object, even replicas of human beings for virtual meetings. With Claytronics we are talking of intelligent material. How can a material be intelligent? By being made up of particle-sized machines. At Carnegie Mellon, with support from Intel, the project is called Claytronics. The idea is simple: make basic computers housed in tiny spheres that can connect to each other and rearrange themselves. It’s the same concept as we saw with Modular Robotics, only on a smaller scale. Each particle, called a Claytronics atom or Catom, is less than a millimeter in diameter. With billions you could make almost any object you wanted.



This project combines modular robotics, systems nanotechnology and computer science to create the dynamic, 3-Dimensional display of electronic information known as Claytronics. The main goal is to give tangible, interactive forms to information so that a user's senses will experience digital environments as though they are indistinguishable from reality. Claytronics is taking place across a rapidly advancing frontier. This technology will help to drive breathtaking advances in the design and engineering of computing and hardware systems. Our research team focuses on two main projects:

1. Creating the basic modular building block of Claytronics known as the claytronic atom or Catom, and

2. Designing and writing robust and reliable software programs that will manage the shaping of ensembles of millions of catoms into dynamic, 3-Dimensional forms.
Realizing the vision of Claytronics through the self-assembly of millions of catoms into synthetic reality will have a profound effect on the experience of users of electronic information.

Development of this powerful form of information display represents a partnership between the School of Computer Sciences of Carnegie Mellon University and Intel Corporation at its Pittsburgh Laboratory. As an integral part of our philosophy, the Claytronics Project seeks the contributions of scholars and researchers worldwide who are dedicating their efforts to the diverse scientific and engineering studies related to this rich field of nanotechnology and computer science.


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