A demonstration showing two Illuminato X Machina arrays in action. Each array is programmed distinctly, and as the arrays are connected, Illuminato X Machina cells automatically update themselves with newer code from their neighbors. The changes are reflected in the pattern and color of blinking onboard LEDs.
The Illuminato X Machina uses a novel organization of the traditional von Neumann computer, called robust physical computing. Rather than subdividing the system into its functional components, robust physical computing breaks the system down into a network of mini-computer units. These units, or 'cells' can combine to form a modular, scalable computer capable of adapting its performance to the task at hand.
Narrated by David H. Ackley, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico.