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Watch 1,000 robots in biggest programmable swarm yet

Postby SQLDenis on Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:24 pm

Alone, the simple little robot can't do much, shuffling around on three vibrating tooth-pick legs. But working with 1,000 or more like-minded fellow bots, it becomes part of a swarm that can self-assemble into any two-dimensional shape.

These are some of the first steps toward creating huge herds of tiny robots that form larger structures -- including bigger robots. Building swarming robots can also help scientists understand collective behaviour seen in nature, from bird flocks and fish schools to networks of cells and neurones.


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