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For years, transformers have been a thing of the movies. Most children dream about having a real transformer of their own while they play with their toy ones. Every time a new transformer movie comes out on the big screen it tops the charts and sets records. Transformers are for all ages, and they are closer to being a reality than one might think.

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Robotic researchers at Harvard University have created one thousand small robots that can actually create different shapes by themselves. The researchers input what shape they want to create and the robots do the rest. The robots actually think for themselves to evaluate what needs to be done in order to complete the task.

These “Kilobots,” as the researchers have named them, use infrared lasers to communicate with each other. Using vibrations to move, seed robots first move to create the core shape. From there, the rest of the robots communicate and move along the outside of the core in order to complete the shape.

The scary thing about this research is how far it can go. Currently Transformers is just a movie, but with this technology, they can actually become real. Currently, these small robots only cost $14 each, but what can happen when the complexity of the technology increases? This is just the tip of the iceberg. The movie iRobot comes to mind where robots are made to complete certain tasks, which is all good, until they start to evolve and actually think for themselves.

This technology is limitless. An idea for the future of this technology, which researchers might actually be currently working on is vehicles that can communicate with each other. Using this technology, accidents can be a thing of the past. On a microscopic level, we can maybe use this technology to combat viruses, or to help to close internal wounds in a body. We could even use this technology to survey land or to research the ocean floor where humans cannot go.


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