July 20, 2024

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Scientists develop squashable pc | E&ampT Journal

A pc constructed utilizing blocks of rubber with streaks of a rubber-silver compound may carry out easy calculations when squashed.

Ryan Harne at Pennsylvania State College and his colleague have developed a sort of soppy cube-shaped pc that responds to being squeezed. 

The computer systems have been constructed by combining rows of blocks of rubber which have strains of a silver-rubber compound operating by way of them. Completely different configurations of the blocks act like totally different circuits, which when mixed and linked to electrical energy permit the machine to carry out mathematical calculations.

The scientists hope these units may very well be used for robots that reply to bodily stimuli.

One model of the pc was arrange so as to add collectively two numbers. A consumer would inform the pc which numbers so as to add by squishing the part blocks to the left or to the precise, connecting a number of the silver-rubber strains that didn’t contact earlier than in such a approach as to encode the numbers in binary.

The group linked a (non-squashable) digital show to the pc to point out the results of the calculation.


Squishable computer model

Squishable pc / Charles El Helou

Picture credit score: Charles El Helou

The researchers additionally created squishy computer systems that would multiply two numbers or examine them to find out which is larger.

Though it’s unlikely that these kinds of computer systems would exchange conventional units, or show to be sooner at doing calculations, Harne’s group expects the expertise for use in robotics, the place gentle robots may make selections primarily based on what they contact of their atmosphere. 

Ryan Hayward on the College of Colorado Boulder instructed the journal New Scientist that he imagined the expertise may very well be utilized to combine a pc right into a constructing. On this situation, the gentle may “resolve” to restore it after a crumbling piece of rock applies strain to it.

With a view to drive the expertise ahead, Harne and his colleagues are at the moment engaged on fine-tuning the pc’s “sense of contact” in order that it might probably take inputs past the binary, for instance by having it encode totally different squishing strengths into totally different values.

The main points of this new kind of pc have been revealed within the journal Nature

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