The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, famous for his research in technology, especially in the area of robtica. The institute scientists this time are showing in a new video how the M-Block 2.0, a small block that looks like a little toy, but actually a rob.
The interesting thing about the little M-Blocks 2.0 is that they don't have joints or wheels, but they are still capable of moving on their own. They do this by using their internal mechanisms to generate a force of inertia and sort of "launch" forward. They are also magnetized, allowing them to bond with each other and assemble small structures.
MIT researchers report that noise resembles a bird's chirp
But the most interesting part of M-Block 2.0, and what sets them apart from the first generation, is a system on each face of the block that allows them to "read" the surface of other blocks like a barcode. This makes it possible to create specific paths or behaviors as the blocks come together and assemble.
Not only that, the blocks are also capable of come togethereven without seeing each other. This comes from a "beehive-minded" technology that programs robots to always search and unite.
For those still unable to imagine a usefulness for the technology, MIT staff have several suggestions, such as use in inspections, toy making, manufacturing, and even disaster rescue assistance:
"Imagine a burning building where the stairs disappeared. In the future, you can simply imagine throwing M-Blocks on the floor and watching them build a temporary ladder to climb to the roof, or down to the basement to rescue victims."
To help get a better sense of the potential of technology, the movie Big hero 6from Disney, a good example. Of course, we are talking about a fiction work, an animation, and perhaps the way that the drawing shows never become a reality, but it still serves as an inspiration for how far this technology could go if it can keep evolving:
Source: The Verge