Small cubes that self-assemble

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Small cubes that self-assemble

Post by Chuckt » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:14 am

The M-Blocks robots are cube-shaped modular bots with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they can move, crawl over each other, and self-assemble.

The secret to the robots' movements lies under the skin. Each little cube hides a small flywheel that can hit speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute. Magnets embedded in strategic locations help the M-Blocks stick together.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-576 ... -assemble/


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Re: Small cubes that self-assemble

Post by brad » Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:03 pm

I have to admit that the video was quite funny :)

I think they have done a great job and have put plenty of work into these cubes, but they almost seem to just jump about in random directions. At the moment at least, I can't see how they would come in useful?

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