Swarms Of Ping Pong Ball-sized Robots: Updated!

Tiny, inexpensive robots are a great way to experiment with robot swarms. Take a look at this video with twenty of the robots, nicknamed 'droplets'.


('Droplets' swarm robotics - Updated!)

When the droplets swarm together, University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll said, they form a 'liquid that thinks.' Correll says there is virtually no limit to what might be created through distributed intelligence systems. 'Every living organism is made from a swarm of collaborating cells,' he said. 'Perhaps some day, our swarms will colonize space where they will assemble habitats and lush gardens for future space explorers.' Swarms of robots could also be unleashed to contain an oil spill or to self-assemble into a piece of hardware after being launched separately into space, Correll said.

SF fans (as well as fans of supermarionation) remember the early 1980's series The Terrahawks, which had spherical robots called Zeroids that worked together to fight the evil witch-like alien Zelda.


(Sergeant Major Zero and Zeroid 18)

Via Daily Mail.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 12/16/2012)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 5 )

Related News Stories - (" Robotics ")

Kuka Robots Mastering Tennis Now
'The robot solemnly hit a ball against the wall...' - Frederik Pohl, 1954.

Six Amazing Surgical Robots In One Video
Micro-surgery, as imagined by Raymond Z. Gallun, 1939.

Humans Help Robots Identify Recyclables
'You give it a good look... then press the right button and in she goes.' - Harry Harrison, 1956.

CommU Robot Children Scare Me
'Is David malfunctioning?' - Brian Aldiss, 1967.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Kuka Robots Mastering Tennis Now
'The robot solemnly hit a ball against the wall...'

Skingun Now More Advanced, Apparently
'Over her lacerated right shoulder he sprayed art-derm...'

Railguns For Surface Ships
'It was simply a long solenoid that threw little steel bullets...'

Six Amazing Surgical Robots In One Video
Micro-surgery!

Ignition Interlock Devices Stopped 1.7 Million Drunken Tries
'Maybe the car was right...'

Man Filmed Sleeping In Tesla On Autopilot
'Mary Risling settled back for a little nap...'

Otto Self-Driving Truck Kits
'Trucks gulped packages and scurried like beetles...'

Humans Help Robots Identify Recyclables
'You give it a good look... then press the right button and in she goes.'

Is This Robotic Hand As Quick As Yours?
'V-Stephen's surgeon-hand, a self-contained robot of precision quality...'

DARPA's XS-1 Spaceplane
'They were more airplane than spaceship...'

Douglas Adams Your Babel Fish Is Ready - The Pilot By Waverly
'You'll need to have this fish in your ear.'

OMG! DIY Arduino Robot Vacuum Cleaner Like Bradbury's Mice
'Out of warrens in the wall, tiny robot mice darted.'

NASA Culturing ISS Walls For Microbes
'Collect organisms and dust for study...'

Siemens 3D Printing Robot Spiders
'The eight thin metallic legs were pointed downwards, balanced delicately...'

Implants Melt In Your Brain, Not In Your Hands
Implant and forget - they melt in your brain, not in your hands.

Baby Boomers Will LOVE Autonomous Cars (Trust Me!)
'Old people began to cross the continent in their own cars....'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.