MIT evolved their M-Block to M-Blocks 2.0 the latest and even more efficient one.
The Blocks could fly with the help of the flywheel inside of them and move around and climb on each other with the help of the magnets that are attached to them on the edges and the faces. The MIT Blocks’ mechanism was built in 2013 which used “inertial forces” (without arms or appendages sticking out). The Blocks make use of barcode-like system for communication.
The interior is more complex but the exterior is more tough and makes the Blocks move, jump, and flip easily.
Here’s what the MIT news says about the usage of the Blocks:
Imagine a burning building where a staircase has disappeared. In the future, you can envision simply throwing M-Blocks on the ground, and watching them build out a temporary staircase for climbing up to the roof, or down to the basement to rescue victims.
These Blocks reminds me of the microbots from the movie Big Hero 6. Seems like it got real.
“M stands for motion, magnet, and magic,” says MIT Professor and CSAIL Director Daniela Rus. “’Motion,’ because the cubes can move by jumping. ‘Magnet,’ because the cubes can connect to other cubes using magnets, and once connected they can move together and connect to assemble structures. ‘Magic,’ because we don’t see any moving parts, and the cube appears to be driven by magic.”
The researchers imagine that the Blocks could be used for gaming, manufacturing and health care.