Can we make a computer with tiny droplets?

 

Through our recent work in the Prakash Lab, published in Nature Physics [1], we developed a water droplet computer that aims to control physical matter at the mesoscale. Our computer performs logic operations with droplets on a microfluidic chip and is powered by magnetic fields.  

With this website, we intend to engage the community of circuit designers, amateurs, kids, DIY biologists, students and microfluidic enthusiasts - essentially anyone excited to explore these ideas - to design new fluidic circuits.  Our goal is to share a new method to design, control and build "Synchronous Universal Droplet based Fluidic Logic Circuits" enabling anyone to build a water droplet computer to control physical matter at the mesoscale. 

You can submit your own circuit designs and we will actually make, test and share the best circuits online on a periodic basis. 

 

For more information on how to design circuits or build your own setup, check out the How to make a circuit section of the website or read the published paper:

Synchronous Universal Droplet Logic and Control, Georgios Katsikis, James Cybulski and Manu Prakash, Nature Physics, June 2015 ( DOI 10.1038/nphys3341)

Nature Physics Website Link         PrakashLab Website Link