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Claytronics

A Presentation by:Amit
Mahajan
B. Tech(ECE), 7th Semester
GNDU
What is Claytronics?
Dynamic 3-Dimensional Display of information

CLAYTRONICS!
Claytronics: The Research
Collaborative Research in Programmable Matter is Directed
by Carnegie Mellon University and Intel

Goal of Research
To give forms of Information
that are:
a)Tangible
b)Interactive
In Digital environments that
are
Indistinguishable from
reality
Main Focus of Research
1. Creating Claytronic atoms
(Catoms)

2. Designing reliable programs to manage the shaping of


ensembles of millions of catoms into dynamic, 3-d forms.
Origina Replic Ensemble Single
l a of Catoms Unit
Catoms
Catoms = claytronic
atoms
Self Assembly of catoms Synthetic Reality

Catoms: less than a millimeter


in size

For high resolution applications millimeter scale


catoms are required that are electro statically
actuated and self contained
Role of Moore’s Law
Claytronic technology has become possible because of
Moore's Law

Moore's Law: A long-term trend in the history of


computing hardware, in which number of transistors
placed inexpensively on an IC has doubled (approx)
every two years
Programmable Matter
Micro-Nanoscale Computer
Basic unit Catom

Biggest Challenge Self Assembly of Catoms


Current Status of Research
Current stage of design: Claytronics
hardware operates from macro scale designs
with devices much larger than the tiny
modular robots

Researchers investigate the


effects of scale on:
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems

Manufacturable, Nanoscale modular robots capable of


Types of Catoms

Planer Electrostatic Giant


Electrostatic
Giant
Helium
CubesHelium
Stochastic Stochastic Cubes
Catoms Latches Catoms
Latches
Catoms Catoms
Revolution in Communication

One Dimensional

Two Dimensional

Three Dimensional
Shape Shifting Furniture!

Change the shape of furniture and the wall paintings


according to preferences from time to time!
References
1.Carnegie Mellon University official site: www.cs.cmu.edu
as on october 15th -20th 2009
2.www.wikipedia.com
3.Other information from: www.google.co.in
4.Images from: images.google.co.in
Thank You