This week a new concept called “robot pebbles” has been unveiled by researchers at MIT, which has been created to replicate objects. The “smart sand” or “robot pebbles” as they have been named reconstruct objects by carving them from an unformed piles of robot pebbles by subtracting building blocks from a larger heap, according to MIT. Watch the video after the jump to see the robot pebbles in action.
Each robot pebble is equipped with a microprocessor that is able to communicate with any other pebbles that might be touching it. The robot pebbles start by sending messages among themselves to determine the original shape and their relative position to each other. They then use this information, to begin building the original shape from the larger pile of devices.
The new creation will be showcased by the MIT researchers at next months robotics conference. For more information on the robot pebbles jump over to the MIT website.