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Kilobots — Cheap Swarm Robots Out of Harvard
« on: June 18, 2011, 03:07:52 PM »
There is news of a research project at Harvard into controlling large swarms of small robots. This article describes what they call Kilobots. (Which, for clarity's sake, have nothing to do with killing. Yet.) Quoting:
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"They're fairly simple little robots about the size of a quarter that can move around on vibrating legs, blink their lights, and communicate with each other. On an individual basis, this isn't particularly impressive, but Kilobots aren't designed to be used on an individual basis. Costing a mere $14 each and buildable in about five minutes, you don't just get yourself one single Kilobot. Or ten. Or a hundred. They're designed to swarm in the thousands."

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/kilobots-are-cheap-enough-to-swarm-in-the-thousands
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Re: Kilobots — Cheap Swarm Robots Out of Harvard
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 02:49:10 AM »
They're pretty cool. The locomotion method is quite impressive, especially that they can travel in a straight line. I wonder if they have any form of encoder to figure out how far they have travelled…

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