Imagine a world where you don’t need to build things! Flat packed furniture? We all know this pain and it seems none more so than researchers at MIT who have made a chair that assembles itself! What is this witchcraft you ask? Well the researchers have been able to create molecules that only stick together in a certain way. When these molecules are applied to the right places on things such as flat packed furniture it allows the furniture to build itself.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if this technology could be scaled up and applied to large infrastructure projects such as skyscrapers, road works and even vehicle production. The efficiency in terms of workforce, machinery needed to produce parts and the time involved could be a disruptive game changing technology in the production space.
Closer to home this technology could allow companies to adapt their business models on bulky products allowing home delivery and self assembly for those who don’t want to get their hands dirty with IKEA flat packed furniture. It could also disrupt the delivery space where bulky items could be broken up and delivered more cheaply – with no problem assembling them again when they arrive at their destination. Self assembling products are an exciting technical innovation that we will be watching carefully here at Netshock.