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Kilobot

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Kilobot is a small mobile robot that can operate in groups of dozens to more than 1,000 units. The robots mimic how ants and other insects coordinate their swarm behaviors—but they won't bite you.

Creator
Harvard University
Country
United States 🇺🇸
Year
2011
Type
Research
Creator
Harvard University
Country
United States 🇺🇸
Year
2011
Type
Research

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Specs

FEATURES
Modular, low-cost design. Able to measure distances to other robots and ambient light. Mobile on flat surfaces using two vibration motors.
HEIGHT
5.5 cm | 2.2 in
LENGTH
3.3 cm | 1.3 in
WIDTH
3.3 cm | 1.3 in
WEIGHT
0.016 kg | 0.035 lb
SPEED
0.04 km/h | 0.025 mph

SENSORS
Infrared sensor (for communicating and measuring distance to other robots) and light sensor (for measuring amount of ambient light on robot).
ACTUATORS
Two vibration motors
POWER
Lithium-ion battery
COMPUTING
ATmega 328 microprocessor
SOFTWARE
Custom embedded software, written in C.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
2
MATERIALS
Body of robot is a printed circuit board with three metal pins for legs.
COST
$14
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
The Kilobot was created by researchers at Harvard's Self-Organizing Systems Research Group, led by engineering professor Radhika Nagpal. Her team includes Michael Rubenstein, a postdoctoral fellow, and Christian Ahler, a fellow of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute. In designing the robots, the researchers looked for inspiration from social insects such as ants and bees. The goal is to use swarms of Kilobots as a test bed for studying collective behavior in natural and artificial systems.
WEBSITE
http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/ssr/projects/progSA/kilobot.html

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