MIT Scientists Create Cube Robots that Self-Assemble and Jump

This blog is about a story I have just stumbled across about scientists who have designed very strange looking cube robots. These little fellows can self-assemble and do a number of tasks in their primitive form.

Is this a step closer to the ‘Transformers’?

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have unveiled a new type of cube-shaped robots that are capable of self-assembly without the use of any external mechanisms.  “They’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, and roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces,” reads a press release accompanying the announcement.

 

The cube robots have been nicknamed ’M-Blocks’ and use an internal flywheel to move about. These rotating devices reach speeds of up to 20,000 revolutions per minute; when a brake is applied the force created by the rotation (the angular momentum) is transferred to the cube, propelling it as desired.

Already, scientists are looking into many applications for the cube robots such as space exploration and space station repairs because of their ability to self construct and self configurement. Although still in the early development stage these little ‘mites’ are sure to grow with ‘intelligence’ as the scientists work on the techniques and algorithms.