Navigation Links
Kilobots are leaving the nest
Date:11/21/2011

kly and inexpensively creating a collective of a thousand bots.

Inspired by nature, such swarms resemble social insects, such as ants and bees, that can efficiently search for and find food sources in large, complex environments, collectively transport large objects, and coordinate the building of nests and other structures.

Due to reasons of time, cost, and simplicity, the algorithms being developed today in research labs are only validated in computer simulation or using a few dozen robots at most.

In contrast, the design by Nagpal's team allows a single user to easily oversee the operation of a large Kilobot collective, including programming, powering on, and charging all robots, all of which would be difficult (if not impossible) using existing robotic systems.

So, what can you do with a thousand tiny little bots?

Robot swarms might one day tunnel through rubble to find survivors, monitor the environment and remove contaminants, and self-assemble to form support structures in collapsed buildings.

They could also be deployed to autonomously perform construction in dangerous environments, to assist with pollination of crops, or to conduct search and rescue operations.

For now, the Kilobots are designed to provide scientists with a physical testbed for advancing the understanding of collective behavior and realizing its potential to deliver solutions for a wide range of challenges.

Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation and the Wyss Institute.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Rutter
mrutter@seas.harvard.edu
617-496-3815
Harvard University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Kilobots are leaving the nest
(Date:9/30/2014)... AMHERST, Mass. Using a bio-mimicking analog of ... of grass, an international research team led by ... has taken a major step in developing long-sought ... to electricity for use in electronic devices. ... UMass Amherst and others at Stanford University and ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Shimadzu Scientific Instruments has released the DSES-1000 ... tool for measuring displacement in rubber and other ... movement distance, the DSES-1000 can measure elongations up ... 10 mm. In addition, it achieves +/- 0.2 ... within +/- 100 µm below 50-mm stroke. , ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Proove Biosciences , the commercial and research leader ... genetic test built upon research from their published P.A.I.N. ... provide physicians with an objective way to understand theirs ... between individuals. With this new test, physicians will be ... predisposition that will affect their pain tolerance. , The ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank – www.corduse.com ... entered into an Equity and Exclusive Services Agreement with ... of patented technologies for the isolation of human cord ... is performing Phase I/II clinical trials in ... using Tianhe,s Stem Cell Educator Therapy showing that the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells 2Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells 3Shimadzu’s New Long-Travel Extensometer Increases Precision for Soft Material Testing 2Proove Biosciences is Now Offering the Proove Pain Perception Genetic Test to Help Physicians Assess Patient Pain Tolerance Levels 2Proove Biosciences is Now Offering the Proove Pain Perception Genetic Test to Help Physicians Assess Patient Pain Tolerance Levels 3CORD:USE is Pleased to Announce it has Partnered with Tianhe Stem Cell Biotechnologies, Developer of Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Showing Promising Results in Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases 2CORD:USE is Pleased to Announce it has Partnered with Tianhe Stem Cell Biotechnologies, Developer of Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Showing Promising Results in Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases 3CORD:USE is Pleased to Announce it has Partnered with Tianhe Stem Cell Biotechnologies, Developer of Cord Blood Stem Cell Therapy Showing Promising Results in Clinical Trials for the Treatment of Diabetes and Autoimmune Diseases 4
... Virent , a University of Wisconsin-Madison spinoff working ... from the Department of Energy for continued research. , ,The ... and sugar in a one-step process as part of a ... of the problems of storing hydrogen, a highly explosive gas. ...
... for the 21st Century Act, commonly called Check 21, ... electronic check imaging. , ,Check 21, which will come ... the efficiency of the payments system by legalizing the ... the physical documents. Using the substitute check, banks are ...
... live in interesting times. Not so long ago, we IT practitioners may ... moons on them. What we did was a mystery to the rest ... magic trick gone bad, there was a huge puff of smoke on ... for all the world to see. , ,Somewhere in all of that, ...
Cached Biology Technology:Wisconsin firms make acquisitions for Check 21 readiness 2IT leadership is not just for CIOs anymore 2
(Date:9/30/2014)... Mediterranean each year, but its deep-blue waters host ... 1,000 alien species, including fish, crustaceans, and algae ... activities. In the open-access journal Frontiers in ... analyzed data from a new information system developed ... introduction of alien species has changed the native ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... watermelon, salmon, and strawberries all have in common? ... of chromosomes and are diploid, these organisms are all ... chromosomesseedless watermelon and salmon have 3 and 4 sets ... this might seem surprising, in fact most plant species ... over a century ago, but only recently, with the ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Prenatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in drinking water ... abruption, according to a new study led by ... , The study, published in the journal ... 1,019 unexposed pregnancies among 1,766 women in Cape ... late 1960s to the early 1980s by the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Biodiversity in the Mediterranean is threatened by alien species 2Gene doubling shapes the world: Instant speciation, biodiversity, and the root of our existence 2Gene doubling shapes the world: Instant speciation, biodiversity, and the root of our existence 3Gene doubling shapes the world: Instant speciation, biodiversity, and the root of our existence 4Contaminated water linked to pregnancy complications, BU study finds 2
... an odd-looking mouse discovered through a U.S. government breeding program in ... set of ribs in its neck and nobody knew why. ... of California, San Francisco has now spilled the genetic secrets of ... new wrinkle in the genetic code an entirely unrecognized way ...
... to announce BIOLOGY OPEN (BiO), a new online only, ... of the biological sciences including cell science, developmental biology ... rapid publication for peer reviewed, scientifically sound observations and ... will address some big issues in publishing and is ...
... Two groups of small fish, one from a Caribbean island and ... fastest rates of evolution known in any organism, according to a ... found from Massachusetts to Venezuela -- and they are all pretty ... Davis graduate student working with Peter Wainwright, a professor of evolution ...
Cached Biology News:Mutant mouse reveals new wrinkle in genetic code, say UCSF scientists 2Mutant mouse reveals new wrinkle in genetic code, say UCSF scientists 3Announcing BIOLOGY OPEN from the Company of Biologists 2'Explosive' evolution in pupfish 2
... workstation offers precise 96 and 384-well transfers ... 100ul and 200ul disposable tips, the 96 ... and precision across a volume range from ... two positions that enable indexing into 384 ...
... Rabbit Tissue Arrays contain 60 rabbit tissue samples ... contains 4 unstained slides and 1 hematoxylin and ... slide contains 15 different tissues from 4 rabbit ... per slide. Each tissue sample (or core) is ...
A univariate (peak height or area) quantitative multi-component analysis package....
... The new, upgraded micro 10 represents ... that brings many of the benefits of ... of the small benchtop dispenser. Dispensing accurate ... well, the micro 10 has unique advantages ...
Biology Products: