It was no longer confined to Star Trek to scan an object and ‘beam’ it to another location. German scientists from Hasso Plattner Institute have successfully developed a similar machine using 3D technology and transport material, if not humans for now.
The new machine scans an object, destroys it, transmits over internet and rebuilds it at the destination using a 3D printer and as it resembles Star Trek machine, it was named “Scotty”, the chief engineer on the Starship Enterprise, who Captain Kirk order saying “Beam me up”.
Scientists at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany, said that the machine “relocates physical objects across distances”.
Scotty allows teleporting inanimate physical objects as of now. Each Scotty unit consists of an off-the-shelf 3D printer with a 3-axis milling machine, a camera, and a microcontroller for encryption/decryption and transmission.
Users place an object into the sender unit, enter the address of a receiver unit, and press the teleport button.
The sender unit then digitizes the object layer-by-layer, almost shaves off material using the built-in milling machine, takes a photo using the built-in camera, encrypts the layer using the public key of the receiver, and transmits it.
The receiving unit decrypts the layer in real-time and starts printing right away. Users thus see the object appear layer-by-layer on the receiver side as it disappears layer-by-layer at the sender side.
Scotty is different from previous systems that copy physical objects, as its destruction and encryption mechanism guarantees that only one copy of the object exists at a time.
Why does it destroy the original object?
Scientists said Scotty can help preserve the uniqueness and thus the emotional value of physical objects shared between friends and also it can address some of the licensing issues involved in fast electronic delivery of physical goods.