Re: Cryonet Message #10564 - nanoassembly

Emmanuel Charpentier (
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 20:23:39 +0000

Bernard Hughes wrote:
> Hara Ra wrote:
> > I've been on tours of a number of manufacturing plants. There are a lot of
> > ways to guarantee that a part is identified by type and properly oriented
> > and positioned. For example, with LEGOs, put a steel BB into the center of
> > each block. An arm with an electromagnet can pick up blocks and drop them
> > into a sorting hopper. Once the Lego Block is lying on its side, the bar
> > code can be read by a supermarket scanner which is orientation independent.
> > Unidentified blocks go back to the hopper for another try. Identified
> > blocks are handled according to their type.
> >
> Hmm. Maybe Lego blocks have more potential than I thought. Don't have time to try
> this out right now though. Pity.

You need to take a look at this project:

This is really a huge lego project, with implications in space conquest, medecine, machinery, etc, possibly a universal machine...