Glimpse into the Future: Catoms

Intel studying idea of using micro-robots to create shape-shifting computers

intlogoGlimpse into the future: Intel is exploring the possibility of making computers that change shape to fit the various ways they are used.
For example, millions of tiny micro-robots, called catoms, could build shape-shifting materials, the Santa Clara company’s chief technology officer, Justin Rattner, said today during a talk at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

That might allow a mobile computer to be tiny when in a pocket, change to the shape of an earpiece when used as a mobile phone, and be large and flat with a keyboard for browsing the Internet or watching a movie, he said.

Intel_Catoms_DPRjpg"The industry has taken much greater strides than anyone ever imagined 40 years ago," Rattner said. "There is speculation that we may be approaching an inflection point where the rate of technology advancements is accelerating at an exponential rate, and machines could even overtake humans in their ability to reason, in the not so distant future."

Speaking of Intel: The company also revealed today that it has made progress in a technology that could lead to the wireless recharging of gadgets and the end of the power-cord spaghetti behind electronic devices.

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