Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Picture of the day

Utility Foglet

Tim Fonseca, Utility Foglet

Modeled on the utility fog concept first put forth by Dr. J. Storrs Hall, Artist Tim Fonseca created this visual representation. (click to see larger version)

Here is Dr. Hall's description: "Imagine a microscopic robot. It has a body about the size of a human cell and 12 arms sticking out in all directions. A bucketfull of such robots might form a 'robot crystal' by linking their arms up into a lattice structure. Now take a room, with people, furniture, and other objects in it -- it's still mostly empty air. Fill the air completely full of robots. The robots are called Foglets and the substance they form is Utility Fog, which may have many useful medical applications. And when a number of utility foglets hold hands with their neighbors, they form a reconfigurable array of 'smart matter.'"

Learn more about utility fog at

To see the entire series, visit the Nanotechnology Now Gallery.

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