Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 3, 2012

Factoid #25: Catoms

Factoid #25:

A catom, also called a claytronic atom, is a tiny computer chip (can be about the size of a grain of sand) that can be programmed to attract or repel other catoms. This is programmable matter–“smart” clay. Catoms can be programmed to form a 3-D product, and when this product is no longer useful, it’s catoms can be reprogrammed to shapeshift into a new, more useful product. This technology application may go commercial in about 20-40 years.



  1. Wow! This is good seed for any futuristic novel which may reside deep within me. Thanks for sharing in layman’s terms.

    • Hi Denise, You’re so welcome. Be sure to check out the “Fun Factoids” category on this picoblog. It’s full of near-future technology applications you may like. Cheers, Ashley

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