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    Hex Bugs Nano Micro Robot Remote Control Toys Toy Fair 2010 Preview

    Uploaded on Mar 31, 2010

    Hex Bug Micro Robotic Creatures by Innovation First. Hex bugs are 5 different types of robotic toys: Hex Bug Inchworm, Crab, Original Hex Bug, Ant, and the Hex Bug Nano. Some of these robots are remote controlled r/c, and some are antonymous with sensors and intelligent-seeming behavior! Miniature playsets are now available for the Nano

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    Nanobots - They Might Be Giants

    Published on Apr 12, 2013

    Directed by Liam Lynch. From TMBG's album Nanobots.

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    Science Nation - Check out the assembly line of the future!

    Published on May 15, 2014

    There's no shortage of ideas about how to use nanotechnology, but one of the major hurdles is how to manufacture some of the new products on a large scale. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), UMass Amherst chemical engineer Jim Watkins and his team are working to make nanotechnology more practical for industrial scale manufacturing. One of the projects they're working on at the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) is a roll-to-roll process for nanotechnology that is similar to what is used in traditional manufacturing. They're also designing a process to manufacture printable coatings that improve the way solar panels absorb and direct light. They're even investigating the use of self-assembling nanoscale products that could have applications for many industries.

    "New nanotechnologies can't impact the US economy until practical methods are available for producing products using them in high volumes, at low cost. CHM is researching the fundamental scientific and engineering barriers that impede such commercialization, and innovating new technologies to surmount those barriers," notes Bruce Kramer, senior advisor in the NSF Engineering Directorate's Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI), which funded the research.

    "The NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing is developing platform technologies for the economical manufacture of next generation devices and systems for applications in computing, electronics, energy conversion, resource conservation and human health," explains Khershed Cooper, a program director in the CMMI Division. "The Center creates fabrication tools that are enabling versatile and high-rate continuous processes for the manufacture of nanostructures that are systematically integrated into higher order structures using bottom-up and top-down techniques. For example, CHM is designing and building continuous, roll-to-roll nanofabrication systems that can print, in high-volume, 3D nanostructures and multi-layer nanodevices at sub-100 nanometer resolution, and in the process realize hybrid electronic/optical/mechanical nanosystems."

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    Controllable nanoparticles

    Published on Oct 9, 2014

    New technology developed by MIT and several other institutions could make it possible to track the position of nano particles as they move within the body or inside a cell.

    "Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle"
    New method produces particles that can glow with color-coded light and be manipulated with magnets. Watch Video

    by David L. Chandler
    October 9, 2014

    At the same time, the nano particles could be manipulated precisely by applying a magnetic field to pull them along and control where they go.

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    World’s Smallest Computer

    Published on Dec 3, 2014

    As computing devices progress toward smaller and more efficient designs, Michigan Engineers have taken the lead in millimeter sized units that can perform on many alternating platforms. Dennis Sylvester and David Blaauw, professors of UM’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have developed units capable of harvesting solar power to utilize wireless communication, pressure and temperature sensors and even still image and video processing.

    The design of each computer is developed at Michigan under a team of post-graduate students under Sylvester and Blaauw’s supervision. Each unit is assembled in layers and is capable of being customized to a particular function. While testing has been developed to place these units on top of tumors inside cancer patients to determine the results of chemotherapy, the range of applications seem unlimited.

    Recently, as validation of the milestone these data gathering modules represent, samples of the team’s computers were featured at the Computer History Museum outside of Palo Alto, California. Future development of this technology is going to break down the size constriction even smaller. At a third of a millimeter, the hopes are these micro computers would be able to be placed inside biological cells to monitor and broadcast cellular activity.

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    Scaling Down Robotics: Mobility, Mechanisms, and Motors for Microrobots

    Assistant Professor Sarah Bergbreiter
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Institute for Systems Research
    Research on mobile microrobots has been ongoing for the last 20 years, but the few robots that have walked have done so at slow speeds on smooth silicon wafers. However, ants can move at speeds over 40 body lengths/second on surfaces from picnic tables to front lawns. What challenges do we still need to tackle for microrobots to achieve this incredible mobility? This talk will discuss some of the mechanisms and motors we have designed and fabricated to enable robot mobility at the insect size scale. Mechanisms utilize new microfabrication processes to incorporate materials with widely varying moduli and functionality for more complexity in smaller packages. Actuators are designed to provide significant improvements in force density, efficiency and robustness over previous microactuators. Results include a 4mm jumping mechanism that can be launched approximately 35 cm straight up as well as a 300mg robot that jumps 8 cm with on-board power, sensing, actuation and control.
    Sarah Bergbreiter joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Systems Research. She received her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1999. After a short introduction to the challenges of sensor networks at a small startup company, she received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and 2007 with a focus on microrobotics. She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008 and the NSF CAREER Award in 2011 for her research on engineering robotic systems down to sub-millimeter size scales. She has also received the Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2010 on her work incorporating new materials into microrobotics and the NTF Award at IEEE IROS 2011 for early demonstrations of jumping microrobots.

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    Top 5 Nanotechnology Revolution Facts

    Published on Jul 2, 2015

    It's been said that people don't even realize when they're in the midst of a revolution. One one millionth of a millimetre: that's the size of a nanometre. And that's the scale at which nanotechnology is slowly starting a revolution. Clothes that generate electricity. Supercomputers built at home. Complete societal upheaval.

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    Laser-powered drops mimic beetles to skirt across water

    Published on Apr 13, 2016

    Drops of water coated in a powder that reacts to laser light creates a tiny engine that can pull more than 150 times its weight across water

    "Laser-driven liquid marbles can push 150 times their own weight"

    by Jacob Aron
    April 13, 2016

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