After rigorous years of experiment, the robotic experts have created a mesmerising feat of robotics. They have developed an impressive display of a group of tiny robots that are capable of working together so as to form complex structures and patterns without any centrally guided intelligence.
The incredible display was developed by researchers at Harvard University. They used an army of droids that were little larger than a penny.
The automated troop assembles itself into five-pointed stars like a nano mechanical flash mob.
The incredible work was done by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University.
Shoals of fish and flocks of starlings inspired the developers to create the automated troops to form a pattern.
As the fishes and starlings effectively coordinate their movements to form complex patterns in the sea and sky, the automated tiny robots do their work of forming structures.
Michael Rubenstein, a robotics researcher and leader of the project, said, “No one had really built a swarm of this size before, where everyone works together to achieve a goal.”
Inexpensive robots, known as Kilobots, were used by the researchers for the experiment. These robots were created by Wyss Institute engineers and had a Swiss robotics company called K-Team Corp license.
Each robot were given command to do only three things:
- How to follow the edge of a group
- How to track its distance from where it began
- How to maintain a sense of its relative position
Researchers explain that a single command leads them to form their set pattern. The command is passed to the whole group simultaneously with the help of infrared.
“It could automatically change shape to adapt to the task at hand. You could have them build other robots out of themselves,” Dr. Rubenstein said.
The new experiment is seen as a major breakthrough in the world of robotics as it opens many exciting possibilities for bigger researches and developments.