At CES 2016 we discovered an interesting modular device, called Cellrobot, that can by customized by linking up to 100 separate bots
It is made by various spheric modules that can be assembled into a wide variety of different robots. Each cell has a 360 degree angle sensor, servo motor, and microcontroller and can connect to any other module at practically any angle, thanks to a round snap joint system.
The Cellrobot system has a “heart” unit, which houses the CPU and battery. It has a charge port, tiny six-hole speaker, power indicator, a small screen, and the standard round snap-twist connectors. It also houses the Bluetooth 4.0 transceiver that connects to your cellphone, as well as Wi-Fi, and Zigbee to connect to the other cells. The 2200 mAh lithium battery will run four cells for about 30 minutes or one cell for five hours.
There are also “x-cells” which are more functional pieces for the ends of Cellrobot chains, that includes wheel, light, desk clamp and camera modules.
Cells and their accessory parts are controlled by an app (available for iOS and Android) that creates a 3D image of your creation . The app can show you how to build and control a robot, or give you the freedom to build your own and create custom commands for it.T
Unfortunately this robot has failed its campaign on Kickstarter and now it’s unclear where Cellrobot is going from here.