Watch these wild self-assembling blocks move by themselves

We first saw these little blocks a few years ago but the 2.0 version, called M-Blocks 2.0, are a sigh to behold. Created by CSAIL at MIT, the blocks work as a sort of hive-mind, reorganizing themselves in real time by spinning, reconnecting, and even jumping.

The blocks communicate via barcodes on their surfaces and they can follow arrows around a flat surface. You can also tell them to form a shape and they will self-organize.

The best thing? CSAIL apparently really wants them to sound cool so they added a trippy background track to the video, ensuring that a bunch of little blocks scooting around each other wouldn’t be boring.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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