Lots of resources are needed to assemble phones. Assembling phones can be really costly and entire manufacturing units are set up for the assembly of the various parts of an average mobile phone. What if mobile phones could assemble themselves? According to MIT’s latest technology, we will soon be using self-assembling phones. In the beginning they won’t be very advanced phones, but considering the level of the reach mobile phones are having these days, even if basic-level mobile phones are self-assembling, a great headway can be made into economising phone assembling.
The MIT researchers have borrowed the concept from how proteins work together while forming cells. The MIT self-assembly lab has learned how atoms, cells and planets operate in conjunction with each other. The new concept being developed by MIT will be cheaper as well as faster. A typical mobile phone can be assembled (or self-assembled) within a minute. If this process can be replicated, thousands of mobile phones can be self-assembled within a minute.
The technology is quite simple, now that it has been conceived of and developed. Currently the unassembled parts consist of six pieces. Magnetised snap-together locks are attached to the corners of these mobile phone pieces. The locks are designed in such a manner that they can only fit together the correct way. Then all the pieces are thrown into a rotating circle – something like a washing machine – and then all the pieces come together through random collisions. Here is a video of how the whole thing works.
Right now it seems whacky. It seems so simple that it doesn’t even look like something out of MIT. When you think of self-assembling phones, you think of something like out of the Transformers movie where different parts metamorphose into different parts.
Will it eliminate the need to set up assembly line manufacturing units for assembling mobile phones? Remains to be seen. The technology is still at a nascent stage and it will need to be scaled according to real-world expectations.