Popcorn that passes itself
July 11, 2018 12:16 AM   Subscribe

 
Actually quite a brilliant application. Five stars.
posted by solarion at 12:41 AM on July 11


This is really clever, even if it feels almost more like something from Sigbovik. I could see it maybe being useful for single-use applications akin to air bags.
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:54 AM on July 11


Yeah, welcome to the club pal.
posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 1:48 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


Yes?
posted by dangerousdan at 2:04 AM on July 11


As long as they use real butter and not that crappy yellow topping.
posted by parki at 3:22 AM on July 11 [3 favorites]


This has ignobel written all over it.
posted by Literaryhero at 4:26 AM on July 11 [3 favorites]



As long as they use real butter and not that crappy yellow topping.


Let's just get this out of the way.
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:34 AM on July 11 [4 favorites]


Actuate-then-eat controllers will be a major source of nutrition, post singularity.
posted by mondo dentro at 4:46 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


I for one welcome our new edible overlords
posted by chavenet at 6:15 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


I've been watching a bunch of Battlebots and Robot Wars recently. Now I'm trying to imagine how to deploy this as a robot weapon.

Idea: Find a hole in the other robot's armour and fill it with kernels. Then turn on your blowtorch.
posted by clawsoon at 7:25 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


Hilariously clever bit of real science. Inventing new non-mechanical muscle like actuators for robots will be key for the robot revolution. And as the RR is essential for Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism, fun cool research like this will inspire creativity in somewhat staid (corp/mil funding) field. I finally met Pepper very 'cute' but his researcher/parent pointed out that the arms move but could not even pick up a pen.
posted by sammyo at 7:26 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


Do skim the article so that you can see the photograph of the flaccid popcorn dick that proceeds to get an erection so rock hard that it lifts a 100g weight.
posted by slagheap at 7:32 AM on July 11 [6 favorites]


hu-man friend! we have had many good years to-gether! now my time is up and i must say good-bye. i have but one request for my funeral:

use real butter and not that crappy yellow topping
posted by moonmilk at 7:32 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


Brilliant for heat activated safety switches.
Yes totally Ignoble material though it would fail because there could be practical uses for it.
posted by Burn_IT at 8:25 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


this must be used in a rube-goldberg somehow. it must.
posted by numaner at 9:54 PM on July 11


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