MIT Built a Self-Assembling Phone Which is Promising for Manufacturing Automation

By: | August 28th, 2016


MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab has developed a simpler and potentially more efficient way to assemble electronics.

True to their name, the lab built a self-assembling phone, which is essentially a modular phone comprised of six parts.

Designed by MIT professor David Mellis, the phone parts are programmed then rattled around in what ultimately results in the pieces mating or rejecting each other.

Similar to puzzle pieces or how proteins react when forming cells, the production process for MIT’s self-assembling phone has the potential to change manufacturing automation forever.

Obviously, this is just the beginning and technology still has a long way to go, but assuming it continues to progress, this process could be used to mass manufacture a wide range of simple electronics.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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