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Cube-shaped show that they can work together to achieve a goal. With an internal rotating system, the M-Block prototypes developed by MIT can jump, scale and connect with other parts to create a larger structure.
Designed with permanent magnets, the reconfigurable robotic modular platform (M-Block) had been presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
six years ago Its operation follows the same premise, and several cubes can adhere to each other to form a larger piece or structure to perform tasks simply.
The prototype system has limited functions, but its creators hope to create more complex structures for assistance and monitoring tasks
"There are robotic systems that use more complex mechanical movements that require many steps, but M-Blocks cubes can offer a scalable platform with a more accessible cost,"
said John Romanishin, the director responsible for the project. With a simple design, the cube can perform up to 24 different movements to move and communicates with other M-Blocks by reading a barcode.
For now, a group of 16 blocks can perform simple tasks, such as forming a line, following an arrow or luminous signs. Beyond the incipient movements that they can fulfill now, the researchers foresee a series of applications in inspection and assistance tasks in disaster zones. "In the middle of a fire, many robot blocks can be thrown so they can build a temporary staircase to rescue the victims," said the researchers behind the project.
. These are the robotic cubes that jump and join to create a new piece – LA NACION