• Tiny house trend advances into the nano scale

    9 days ago - By TechCrunch

    All around the world, hip young people are competing to see who can live in the tinest, quirkiest, twee-est house. But this one has them all beat. Assembled by a combination of origami and nanometer-precise robot wielding an ion beam, this tiniest of houses measures about 20 micrometers across. For comparison, that's almost as small as a studio in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
    It's from the Femto-ST Institute in France, where the tiny house trend has clearly become an obsession. Really, though, the researchers aren't just playing around. Assembly of complex structures at this scale is...
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  • Robotic assembly of the world's smallest house-even a mite doesn't fit through the door

    Robotic assembly of the world's smallest house-even a mite doesn't fit through the door

    9 days ago - By Phys.org

    A French nanorobotics team from the Femto-ST Institute in Besançon, France, assembled a new microrobotics system that pushes forward the frontiers of optical nanotechnologies. Combining several existing technologies, the μRobotex nanofactory builds microstructures in a large vacuum chamber and fixes components onto optical fiber tips with nanometer accuracy. The microhouse construction, reported in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, demonstrates how researchers can advance optical sensing technologies when they manipulate ion guns, electron beams and finely controlled robotic...
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