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Scientists have created a real-life version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2

By T.K. Randall
January 26, 2023 · Comment icon 10 comments



The robot had no problem passing through the bars. Image Credit: Wang and Pan et al.
The new robot is made of metal and can both melt into a liquid and turn back into a solid on command.
One of the most chilling scenes in the iconic 90s action movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' is the part where the T-1000 literally melts through a solid prison door to continue its pursuit.

Now scientists have created a real-life robot that can actually do the same thing - a shape-shifting contraption capable of melting, passing through a narrow space, then turning back into a solid.

To achieve this, the researchers combined magnetic neodymium, boron and iron with liquid gallium and then left the robot to solidify into a humanoid shape (albeit on a small scale).

By using magnets, the robot could then be commanded to melt and resolidify on demand.
To demonstrate the process, the scientists filmed a short sequence of the robot melting down to pass through the bars of a miniature prison door, just like in the movie, before turning back into a solid on the other side.

"The magnetic particles here have two roles," said senior author Carmel Majidi.

"One is that they make the material responsive to an alternating magnetic field, so you can, through induction, heat up the material and cause the phase change. But the magnetic particles also give the robots mobility and the ability to move in response to the magnetic field."

Could this be the beginnings of a real-life T-1000 ?

Only time will tell.



Source: Live Science | Comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Desertrat56 2 months ago
That sounds like a replicant from Star gate or something else from Star Trek. Not something we should be playing with.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Commander CMG 2 months ago
Not seen any of those programs, but we just know that, we will mess around with something else that will come back and bite us in the ****...
Comment icon #3 Posted by the13bats 2 months ago
The one example looks like a lego minifig stop motion animated.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Abramelin 2 months ago
After it morphes through the bars it leaves some of its body sticking to those bars. If it does that like 20 times, nothing will be left of its body.
Comment icon #5 Posted by moonman 2 months ago
Completely misleading. It does not "reform" into a specific shape. It's not a robot by any stretch, it's a dumb lump of mixed metals that melts or moves depending on completely external things like temperature and magnets. Article says they had to "dribble it back into a mold" to regain the legoman shape, it didn't reform by itself like you are led to believe by the video. T-1000 it definitely isn't. It's basically just magnetic low-temp solder.
Comment icon #6 Posted by esoteric_toad 2 months ago
That is like the T1000 just like my 2000 nissan sentra is exactly like and F35.
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 2 months ago
Cool little video. Probably could be repeated by many college engineering students with gallium and iron filings.
Comment icon #8 Posted by MissJatti 2 months ago
Of course this is just the beggining, I can imagine in the distant future criminals using this for there criminal activities
Comment icon #9 Posted by Bendy Demon 2 months ago
So a cheap stop-action video of a robot shape moving awkwardly, 'melting' then supposedly reshaping itself (not really) is supposed to be impressive? I am not impressed in the least.
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 2 months ago
I'm sure some guy in the Pentagon is eyeballing this right now. The military seems to be a technology development engine in many cases.


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