The Sans-collatz automaton

I gave a talk a couple weeks ago which featured both cellular automata and the Collatz sequence as examples. Then Chuck Moore spoke on his GreenArrays chip with 144 tiny computers on it. I wondered what would happen if each of those little machines were calculating the Collatz sequence. Well, that wouldn't do much. But what if something in that calculation triggered a computer to send information to its neighbors?

So here's the setup:

In this particular example we're also "bouncing" 1s off the edges back into the cell. Neighbors are a la von Neumann.

1000 (delay, in milliseconds)