Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm (I WANT ONE, make that 100!)

A self-organizing thousand-robot swarm | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences


Video: here.

"“Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.”"

Build it yourself! [Instructions] And a paper: Kilobot: A Low Cost Scalable Robot System for Collective Behaviors [pdf]

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