Back in June, we noted the appearance of another jargon word - atomtronics. My money's on tribotronics making it out of the lab first.
It may be less exciting, but I think you'll have a tribotronic gearbox long before you get an atomtronic computer.
A bot that uses a standard series of responses to what you type.
Tribotronics is about making lubricants more intelligent.
Instead of just slapping them onto a piece of machinery, they become active.
Such materials never occur in nature, but have recently been constructed by engineers.
Making a metamaterial for sound means identifying the acoustic analogues to permittivity and permeability than working how to build a material in which they are both negative.
That might involve heat, acidity, pressure, magnetic or electric fields, or moving parts.
Tribotronics is introduced in this paper in the journal . But which of the two new 'tronics will hit the mainstream first?Physicists have long known that a periodic array of water spheres containing bubbles can have a negative elastic constant at certain frequencies.And recently, they have discovered that a periodic array of hard spheres coated in soft rubber and embedded in a hard plastic can have a negative effective mass density at particular frequencies.Created by British artist Giles Walker, the gyrating cyborg is built from old shop mannequin pieces and car parts.The robot will be performing at the Sexpo trade event in Melbourne and is designed to explore the 'relationship of voyeurism and power'.'Prices will inevitably come down, and we envisage selling mass market robotic toys in around three years' time.