At Ό cubic inch, a robot developed at Sandia National Labs may be
the world's smallest robot. Sandia's Ed Heller, who developed the device's
microelectronics, says the robot uses three watch batteries and two tiny motors
from RMB's Smoovy (Ringwood, NJ) that drive track wheels like those found on
bulldozers, but smaller.
"Right now, the robot can only move and sense temperature," says
Heller. "By eliminating the packaging and using electronic components in die
form, we reduced the size of the robot," he says.
The robot travels at 20 inches per minute. It also has an 8K ROM
processor and temperature sensor. Heller and other project researchers may add a
camera, microphone, and communication device in the future. For more information
about the robot, contact Heller at email@example.com. For more information
about Smoovy motors, go to www.smoovy.com.
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