Fable Wants to Make Modular Robotics Easy for Everyone
Modular robotics is tremendously exciting, because instead of being constrained to one specific design that can do a limited number of things, a robot that's modular can be reconfigured (on the fly, even) to do whatever you want it to do, provided you have the hardware and software experience to make it work. For most of us, that whole "having hardware and software and experience" has kept modular robots from being something that we can really take advantage of, but over the last few years, user-friendly systems like Cubelets and MOSS have made it possible to build robots from modular parts without any programming at all.
Fable is a new kind of modular robot under development at the Technical University of Denmark that takes a slightly different approach: it's based on large, self contained modules that work independently or together and are programmable at several different levels of abstraction. It's a little bit freaky looking, but offers a combination of simplicity and the potential for complexity that seems very compelling.