Anyone who has ever seen a cartoon or a horror film where an electronic device gets dropped into a tub in which an unsuspecting bather is relaxing knows that electric current and water don’t generally get along well – in fact the results can be pretty terrible. And if you’ve spilled a beverage on your computer or handheld device, that too can put a ‘damper’ on your day fairly quickly.
But there are instances where water and technology can co-exist quite harmoniously; and, at Stanford University in California, researchers have come up with a rather fascinating concept – a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets. This is complex stuff – and awesomely COOL!
As stated by Manu Prakash, the theorist and researcher at the helm of the project, “… it opens up a new way of thinking of computation in the physical world”
Read this companion piece published on RedOrbit.com:
We made a small video explaining what the project is and some screenshots of what the final outcome of the project will look like. The video also gives details about our approach and the use of crowd sourcing in building our custom data set.
More details about the current work going on and the challenges we faced will be posted soon!
Please find the concept video at the below link.
The word “nerd” has been applied to those of a particularly scholarly or bookish disposition. (Generally, it’s not used in a complimentary fashion. It’s also been the name of a candy – but that’s another story altogether.) Perhaps ‘nerd-i-ness’ will get a better reputation from it being the appellation of a new item: the Nano-Electro-Robotic Device (NERD) – a robotic germ! It’s a different slant, and it comes from the University of Illinois-Chicago.
“The research is the latest entry in the first generation of bio-electromechanical devices designed to combine living organism with nonliving technology to conduct research and solve a variety of different problems by using miniature machines too small for the naked eye to see.”