Tuesday, January 21, 2014

IED missed call

Starbugs - robots that help re-position fiber optics



"The robot buzzes loudly as it scuttles across a glass plate with micron-sized steps. It looks like a miniature version of a car’s cigarette lighter. Legless and armless, it’s carrying a bundle of fiber optics that will one day capture the light from a galaxy more than a billion light-years away. And it’s not alone. Eventually, dozens (and even hundreds) of these Starbugs can join forces to collect the light from 100,000-some galaxies."

Sky and Telescope