Following a quick Google search, student and entrepreneur John Edward Randall found something peculiar to the likeness of his invention drafted 'cerca' 2010.
"I thought that [plagiarism] was occurring. I had seen what looked like a couple of my ideas listed in public media without my consent. It seemed like it was a joke or something. But I take my profession seriously."
Randall noticed that the words and design used for the Harvard robotics project were similar to such an extent that it was probable that plagiarism occurred.
Randall also states that it was the movie "X-Men" and their "pin-table" that inspired him to create it.
"Inventions: 3D Projection by Algorithm via Placement of Particles in a System
Just to let you know, this is a short description of what could be elaborated. Originally, an idea sent to the United States Military (4-8 years ago).
Inventions: 3D Projection by Algorithm via Placement of Particles in a System
This is a system to make possible the ability to project a 3D object from a virtual reality to a real physical setting using particles, a.k.a. the 'grains of sand', and the algorithm of the shape to be projected into real space. In this system there are initially two (2) types of particles that can also be represented by other factions or subtypes within the category that may have different alterations in shape (number of sides, size, etc.).
The two initial types of particles are as follows:
(1.) HEXA-HEDRON or "BALL" That 3D object in the shape resembling a "BALL", initially a hexa-hedron, or 'hex-sphere', has 24 sides to it and is as small as a grain of sand.
(2.) DIAMOND or "JACK" That 3D object in the shape of a diamond resembling a "JACK", initially has 8 sides to it and is as small as a grain of sand.
figure 1. Two types of 3D particle shapes (objects).
FUNCTIONS: These particles function within an entire system of possibly 1000s of others (similar to a sandbox with sand or an ant colony). They are mini-mother boards waiting for an electric current to be run through them, thereby giving them artificial intelligence (A.I.) and also the ability to have limited robotic motion to move freely around other particles within the system. The movement is based on a preset algorithm or function that determines how far each particle should move. Consequently, each particle works together like a system of particles to lodge themselves into a position that fulfills the requirement made by the algorithm to make a certain 3D shape in real space. The electric current holds two functions: it simultaneously sends the algorithm for the shape to be construed or built and also makes possible the ability for each particle to utilize their magnetism to robotically move around each other (see figure 2).
figure 2. Particles robotically moving to the correct positions via magnetism and applied electric current.
NO FIGURE 2 PRESENT AT THIS TIME.
Each particle has a chip on it, a mother board, to allow them to act as independent particles within the system, but also as a system as a whole. Ultimately, once again, the electric current is run through the system, thereby passing the data to each particle to form a physical 3D structure that holds while the particles are magnetized, which may or may not be limited to while the electric current is run through them."
John Randall's GNOSIS, page 40.
Harvard's 'plagiarism' articles are located online. Harvard has yet to prove that the work was not created by Randall first.