Our current main robot nearing completion is MAYA, the Microscopic Airborne YBCO Assembler. The robot is to be made out of YBCO, a material that becomes a superconductor at liquid nitrogen temperatures, which has been pressed into a desired shape with micro fabricated molds. The robot is actuated by flux pinning, a phenomenon where the superconductor that makes up the robot resists changes to the magnetic field passing through it. This allows control of the robot through the magnetic field in three dimensions, as well as rotation, enabling the robot to manipulate objects freely.
- Capable of 3-D manipulation