Although the sleekness of the Spot or Atlas application is worth it, there is a special feature for simple and simple robots that do not work as a versatile but adaptable group. These "tribes" are built on the model of ants, and the same can work together to overcome obstacles to teamwork.
Developed by EPFL and Osaka University, The tribes are small, light and simple, moving more like an inch worm than ants, but are able to throw themselves forward and forward if necessary. The robots themselves are designed and the system they have done is similar to ants trap, which alternates between crawling and jumping, and works (as most other ants do) in liquid roles such as explorer, workers and commander. Each robot is not in itself very smart, but it is controlled as a group that intelligently deploys its capabilities.
In this case, a team of tribes from one end of the complex terrain is expected to move to another. The explorer can move forward, sensing the obstacles and moving his positions and dimensions to the rest of the team. The leader can then appoint working units to head them to try to push the obstacles away. If that does not work, the navigator can experience navigation – and if it does, it can move the telemetry to others so they can do the same.
Everything is very slowly at this stage – you'll notice that in the video, a lot of action occurs at 16x speed. But speed is not the idea here; Similar to Squishy Robotics creationsIt is more about adaptation and simplicity of publication.
Each small robot weighs only 10 grams and is easily produced in large quantities, because it is basically PCBs with some mechanical bits and attached sticking points – a semi-two-dimensional metamaterial sandwich, according to the paper. If you cost them (for example), you can drop dozens or hundreds in the target area, and you can distinguish them for more than an hour or two, doing measurements and looking for radiation or hot spots to heat, and so on.
If they move a little faster, the same logic and modified design may allow a group of robots to appear in the kitchen or dining room to find the crumbs or assemble the opening plates in place and collect them. (Called Ray Bradbury "Electric Mice" or anything in "Light Rain", one of my favorite stories about his story.
Troop-based robots have the advantage of failure to fail when a mistake occurs – when the robot fails, it remains collective, and can easily be replaced as part of it.
"Since it can be manufactured and deployed in large numbers, the presence of some" injuries "will not affect the success of the task" In EPFL Jimmy Pike, who co-designed the robots. "With their unique collective intelligence, our small robots can show a better ability to adapt to unknown environments; therefore, for some missions, they outperform bigger and more powerful robots."
It raises the question, in fact, about whether the sub-robots themselves constitute a kind of uber robot? (This is more than a philosophical question, raised first in the case of masons and destroyers.) Transformers were ahead of their time in many ways.)
Robots are still in the prototype, but they make significant progress on other "collective" robot systems. The team documents their progress in a paper Published in Nature magazine.