Minimals are low resolution animals constructed out of digital material building blocks which form strong structures and can be readily assembled with a low cost robot. The concept of this work is to scientifically determine the number of parts where a shape turns from abstract to concrete. The number is determined to be the number of parts that yields 50% object recognition. We determine this number using an online survey that asks users to identify the given animal rendered with a certain number of parts. We employ a CAM system for constructing a model derived from a given shape mesh and php scripts for running the automated online survey.

Thanks to Sarah Hovsepian for help building parts and the MIT CBA group for their support.

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