07 January 2006

Self-Healing Parts

One of the holy grail of robotics and electronics is self healing parts. Basically, any damaged components can repair itself, or perhaps a robot will know how to replace it without human intervention.

Well, I think I've discovered that in my own room.

Many months ago, I wrote about my cheap kettle that can no longer stop automatically. I have to be around to flick the switch after the water boils.

But when I returned this semester, a curious thing happened. It started being able to switch itself off. That doesn't happen everytime, but often enough for me to declare it a miracle.

The Nobel prize committee should be calling me anytime soon.

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