Matter just became programmable

Providing smart atoms to empower professionals building multi-purpose tools and tangible interfaces anytime, anywhere.
Three images of an astronaut in space, a screen with a cad drawing, and a panel control.
Three fields of application

Tangible and modular environnements

Programmable Matter is composed of micro-robots, millimeter moving computers that will have the ability to move around each other, communicate, change color, and latch to other micro-robots to form different shapes.

Multi-purpose items
Space and weight saving tools for astronauts
CAD synchronized design
Virtual / Real time feedback for automobile manufacturers
Flexible and tangible interfaces
Eye-free & custom control panels for pilots and engineers
more about our vision

Available Technologies

Our consortium of academics and industrials is proud to present their world most advanced to date creations

3D catoms

Quasi-spherical micro-robots, able to stick and move around each other, from car maker to astronauts, discover this incredible technological breakthrough!

blinky blocks

Centimeter-size modular distributed execution environments attached to each other using magnets, praised by artists, designed for education and research in modular robotics.

visibleSim

Behavioral simulation framework for  distributed lattice-based modular robotic systems in a regular 3D environment targeting education and research.

A Worldwide Consortium

9 academic teams and 4 industrial partners
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Worldmap with 5 flags pointing at where consortium's teams are located.
USA

Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University

USA

University of Michigan, Cubeworks

France

University Bourgogne Franche-Comté, CNRS, FEMTO-ST, LIG,
LIB

Japan

LiMMS/CNRS, University of Tokyo

Poland

IPPT-PAN

UK

University of Liverpool