Original article was published on artificial intelligence
Each M-block is fitted with a flywheel that moves at 20,000 revolutions per minute (RPM), using angular momentum when the flywheel is braked. Each module can move in four cardinal directions when placed on any of its six faces, which results in 24 different movement directions. Without any little arms and appendages sticking out of the blocks, it’s a lot easier for them to avoid any damage or collisions.
The team envisions that these cubes can be used eventually for disaster responses for instance, creating escape stairs for a burning building. But beyond this, researchers imagine using the blocks for things such as gaming, manufacturing, and health care.