Blinky Blocks: functional ones (left and right), and two pieces of a dismantled one with a top view of the motherboard (in the middle).

Blinky Blocks: functional ones (left and right), and two pieces of a dismantled one with a top view of the motherboard (in the middle).

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We present a distributed framework for predicting whether a planned reconfiguration step of a modular robot will mechanically overload the structure, causing it to break or lose stability under its own weight. The algorithm is executed by the modular robot itself and based on a distributed iterative solution of mechanical equilibrium equations deri...

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... in a simplified manner, by finding the maximum number of Blinky Blocks that their magnets could hold hanging in a vertical alignment. The top/bottom and lateral connection strengths differ because the former is produced by a Legolike system reinforced with a central magnet, and the latter by 4 magnets placed in the corners of each face; see also Fig. ...
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... a simplified manner, by finding the maximum number of Blinky Blocks that their magnets could hold hanging in a vertical alignment. The top/bottom and lateral connection strengths differ because the former is produced by a Lego-like system reinforced with a central magnet, and the latter by four magnets placed in the corners of each face; see also Fig. ...

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