Watch These Tiny 3D Printed Magnetic Robots Play a Game of Real-World Tetris
The powerful combination of recent advances in milli- and micro-scale science and technology in conjunction with the demand for new microsystems for applications in medicine, biotechnology, and manufacturing has helped push the field of microbotics to new advancements and heights.
When it comes to the world of tiny robots, these robots in the video above are simply just in a league of their own.
Researchers from the University of Toronto recently developed tiny millimeter-scale flexible robots that can be controlled using your favorite PlayStation 2 controller to manipulate the robot's surrounding magnetic fields, and it can do it precisely. The almost cute little robots can bend, move, jump, and even pick up objects. It is like the ultimate meditative videogame.
In the Veritasium video above, the University of Toronto team highlights all the potential applications that these tiny robots have across various fields. While in one case, researchers used the robots to move tiny objects in his own real-world game of Tetris (1:00).
Though a fun idea, the concept showcases how these robots could be used to assemble human organs by arranging blocks of cells to complete the organs.
Extremely precise, these tiny robots were created using an ingenious 3D printing technique centered around pre-magnetized ferromagnetic particles. However, just like the final Avengers film, we do not want to give away any spoilers. Be sure to check out the video above.