Blinky blocks: a physical ensemble programming platform

@inproceedings{Kirby2011BlinkyBA,
  title={Blinky blocks: a physical ensemble programming platform},
  author={Brian T. Kirby and Michael P. Ashley-Rollman and Seth Copen Goldstein},
  booktitle={CHI Extended Abstracts},
  year={2011}
}
A major impediment to understanding programmable matter is the lack of an existing system with sufficiently many modules of sufficient capabilities. In this paper we describe the requirements of physically distributed ensembles and discuss the use of the distributed programming language Meld to program ensembles of these units. We demonstrate a new system designed to meet these requirements called Blinky Blocks and discuss the hardware design we used to create 100 of these modules. 
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