Mechanical Swarms

In my research on swarms, I came across this extraordinary video of a swarm of  tiny flying machines called “nano quadrotors”.  You have to watch it to believe it.  The mind boggles when you think of some of the applications!  Once you have watched the short video, please leave any comments on what you think!

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7 Replies to “Mechanical Swarms”

    1. Great on a sunny day – but wonder if the bots would hold up in all the rain we have been having of late!

      I have a friend in Cumbria who is using radio controlled aircraft for sheepherding in winter….which seems to work quite well.

      Lorne

  1. From Archie:

    Good morning Lorne
    I enjoyed the swarm this morning….. but actually apart from actually flying what they were doing was actually not that clever…. as in they merely mimiced actions that any self respecting brass band would manage tubas and all. If they actually developed a bit and perhaps added in what this guy is talking about? Follow the link…. then we could see something special. This guy has done probably more on swarm nature than anyone else… but mechanically! A different way of looking at things. have a look.
    Love to all
    Archie

    http://www.ted.com/talks/reuben_margolin_sculpting_waves_in_wood_and_time.html
    This is also most certainly amazing!
    Alex

  2. Interesting…. but the really clever trick would be if they could sense their position relative to the other nano quadrotors and act accordingly!

    1. I think, Bo, that is how they work! Swarm algorithms require each ant, bee or bot to keep a certain distance from other bots and I can’t see how the figure of eight sequence would work without the bots following each other.

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