Recycled ABS, magnets, electronics, and copper
Each: 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 5/8" (4 x 4 x 4 cm)
Modular Robotics, USA
Cubelets are little modules that stick together with magnets to build smart objects; unlike the Bug Labs modular hardware, they require no application development. Working with Cubelets is much like building an evolving being block by block, with each block designed to perform a certain function. As the physical form takes shape, “the behavior [emerges],” the designer says, “like . . . a flock of birds or a swarm of bees.” Some blocks sense information about light, heat, and distance, which is then translated by blocks that act (rolling, driving, emitting a beam of light).