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Originally posted by Shreddy
I can see it now, imagine a war in the hands of robots. Throw some biological/nuclear weapons of mass destruction into the mix with some pissed off robots capable of thinking for themselves. What would you do if you knew you had more power than the people creating you?
"Application areas for this technology, if it can be successfully developed, include facial recognition, biological imaging, 3D printing or 3D modeling of buildings. Abbas El Gamal's research group thinks that this technology in fact would be superior to the visions of humans, providing robots much better spatial vision capability - "to perform delicate tasks now beyond their abilities""
"The big question of course is: How much will such a chip cost, especially if it has thousands of lenses? Surprisingly, the researchers believe it could be very affordable. In fact, the chip may cost less "than existing digital cameras"."
"We've made an artificial muscle that, when you apply electricity to it, expands more than 200 percent”.
The way it works, is that as the artificial muscle material contracts after expanding, the carbon nanotubes rearrange themselves, causing a small electric current to generate, which can then be captured and stored in a battery.
It is also robust. If any part of the carbon nanotube packs up, the area around it seals itself off by becoming non-conductive, thereby stopping the defect from affecting other areas. The clever muscle is also eco friendly and energy efficient, conserving up to 70 per cent of energy pumped into it. Some boffins have suggested that it could even be used to capture wind or wave energy in the future to charge electrical devices.
The research could also lead to the creation of moving robots, better prosthetics, and battery charging energy sources. A self-repairing Ipod would be nice. "