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MIT engineers John Romanishin and Kyle Gilpin have invented a new type of modular cube robot – the M-block – that can propel itself forward with the aid of a spinning internal 20,000rpm flywheel, leap, climb and snap using magnets onto other similar bots to form larger arrays.  MIT News sez:

Inside each M-Block is a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute; when the flywheel is braked, it imparts its angular momentum to the cube. On each edge of an M-Block, and on every face, are cleverly arranged permanent magnets that allow any two cubes to attach to each other.


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