Here a viscous non-Newtonian fluid has been mixed with nano-scale particles of magnetic iron oxide (Non-Newtonian fluids have distinguished properties, in this case becoming solid with the application of sudden pressure).
With powerful neodymium magnets placed upon a raised platform, the magnetised non-Newtonian fluid is drawn up from underneath appearing to form additional support columns, which (due to their non-Newtonian properties) would provide initial resistance to sudden impacts. In this sense the fluid becomes a dynamic entity capable of re-arranging and concentrating itself where potentially needed.
By certain schools of thought, this may represent a form of ‘simple’ programmable matter (where the programmable element can be seen as external to the material itself by the placement and arrangement of extrinsic magnetic fields).
Alexander Owen David Lorimer (born 13 October 1989) is a British inventor best known for independently developing (2011) and popularising lorimerlite structures for the particular application of resisting compressive forces. In the field of architecture and engineering, his areas of focus include algorithmic and participatory design, and bio-mimicry.
Currently he is working on computer algorithm that will facilitate complete decentralisation and open participation in the process of design.
See also: http://www.isotropicstructures.com/