MIT researchers first showed their self-assembling "M-Block" robot cubes in 2013 – and this week they gave a video of what they call M-Blocks 2.0 (via TechCrunch ). , Like the first version of the blocks, M-blocks 2.0 move by generating a momentum with an internal flywheel and can climb on and around each other with the help of magnets:
However, these new blocks also each have a "barcode-like" block-face system. that they can "read" to do things that follow a certain path:
And they can also act with a spirited mind to find and gather themselves:
Even if this is scary there At present, the expectations of the blocks are more benign. MIT News reports that researchers assume that they will be used in industries such as inspection, games, manufacturing, healthcare and even disaster relief. Thus, after MIT News a catastrophic scenario might look like:
Imagine a burning building in which a staircase has disappeared. In the future, you can imagine throwing M-Blocks on the ground and watching them build a temporary staircase to climb onto the roof or into the basement to save the victims.
That would be … nice of unbelievable? I really hope that these tiny blocks can actually do that someday.