Saturday, October 21, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

World's largest swarm of robots created


Posted on Sunday, 17 August, 2014 | Comment icon 3 comments

The Kilobots work together to form larger shapes. Image Credit: YouTube / Harvard
Roboticists have developed a vast swarm of robots that can work together to form two-dimensional shapes.
The miniature robotic army, which to some extent emulates the collective behavior of swarming insects, is the first step towards a future in which robots can work together to form larger and more complex structures and machines.

The robots, which move around on three thin legs, have limited capabilities alone but when combined with their fellows can accomplish far more ambitious goals.

"Itís really a big accomplishment," said Cornell University roboticist Hod Lipson. "Itís the first demonstration of this swarm robotic behavior at the scale of 1,000 physical robots."

Each individual robot uses infrared both to receive instructions from the programmer and to coordinate its efforts with its fellows. Each the size of a one pence piece, the tiny devices are based on the team's previously designed 'Kilobots' which cost around $14 each to build.

A recent demonstration of the technology, which can be watched below, saw 1,024 of the robots work together to form a giant letter 'K' (among other things) using their cooprative capabilities.


Source: Wired | Comments (3)

Tags: Robot, Swarm

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Sundew on 17 August, 2014, 13:20
I envision the day when these become useful for biological control of pest plants. Imagine an army of these programed to identify a highly invasive species like Kudzu, armed with tiny pincers that would swarm over the vine and continually cut it off at the ground until it can no longer regenerate. The robots could return to a charging station every night at which time their programing is checked and updated to make sure they don't harm desirable species, and they can be relocated when an area is cleared. This would be extremely useful on invasive species where no safe biological control has be... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ashyne on 18 August, 2014, 7:50
I envision the day when these become useful for biological control of pest plants. Imagine an army of these programed to identify a highly invasive species like Kudzu, armed with tiny pincers that would swarm over the vine and continually cut it off at the ground until it can no longer regenerate. The robots could return to a charging station every night at which time their programing is checked and updated to make sure they don't harm desirable species, and they can be relocated when an area is cleared. This would be extremely useful on invasive species where no safe biological control has be... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Rose-Red Howler on 18 August, 2014, 8:54
I envision a use for these as nanobots that are able to automatically reconstruct damaged artificial bodies (like vehicles) or integrate with biology (like prosthetics) Yes and possibly replace organ donars.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
NASA's ion thruster breaks propulsion records
10-21-2017
The prototype thruster could one day propel the first Mars astronauts all the way to the Red Planet.
Fear of snakes 'is of evolutionary origin'
10-21-2017
A new study in Germany has suggested that we are born with an innate fear of snakes and spiders.
9.7 million-year-old hominin teeth discovered
10-20-2017
The surprising find has the potential to completely rewrite everything we know of early human history.
Flying insect numbers drop by 75% in 27 years
10-20-2017
A new study has highlighted a huge reduction in the number of flying insects in Germany's nature reserves.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
One hundred million crabs
Posted 10-21-2017 | 2 comments
Christmas Island red crabs migrate in extreme numbers in this vintage BBC clip.
 
Recreating your face from DNA
Posted 10-18-2017 | 0 comments
Is it possible to determine someone's appearance from a sample of their DNA ?
 
Schlieren imaging in color
Posted 10-16-2017 | 2 comments
A look at Schlieren imaging - a technique that can help to visualize tiny differences in air.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ