When household objects come to life onscreen (think candlesticks and teacups in Beauty and the Beast, books and brooms in Harry Potter, the cast of practically every Pixar film), it’s the result of careful animation or painstaking CGI. Done well, it’s magic. But computer-generated imagery doesn’t translate well into live theater, so researchers in Zurich have concocted an enchanting alternative: dancing drones.
Here is a freaking cool piece of sciencey goodness for your Friday afternoon! The self assembly lab at MIT are composed of designers, scientists and engineers who have been busy working away at inventing self assembly technologies. The self assembly team have been working with other departments such as mechanical engineering, computer science, media lab and architecture. These guys have been designing specific geometries with specific materials to respond to energy and change state – which can be anything from heat, shaking, gravity, pneumatics, electronics, ANYTHING! The research and the practise has only become possible with the cross-disciplinary collaborations between designers, scientists and engineers. […]