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Kilobot. A Low Cost Scalable Robot System for Demonstrating Collective Behaviors Purchase some from K-Team: K-Team Corp is making Kilobots available for purchase, starting now!

Kilobot

See the K-Team Flier and K-Team homepage. K-team sells groups of robots, controllers, and charging stations - picture on the right is courtesy of Sabine Hauert, MIT. Kilobot K-team. The Kilobot is designed to make tests of collective algorithms on hundreds or thousands of robots accessible to robotics researchers.

Kilobot K-team

Though the Kilobots are low-cost, they maintain abilities similar to other collective robots. These abilities include differential drive locomotion, on-board computation power, neighbor-to-neighbor communication, neighbor-to-neighbor distance sensing, and ambient light sensing. Additionally they are designed to operate such that no robot requires any individual attention by a human operator. This makes controlling a group of Kilobots easy, whether there are 10 or 1000 in the group.

Kilobots are leaving the nest. Photo courtesy of Michael Rubenstein.

Kilobots are leaving the nest

The Kilobots are coming. Computer scientists and engineers at Harvard University have developed and licensed technology that will make it easy to test collective algorithms on hundreds, or even thousands, of tiny robots. Called Kilobots, the quarter-sized bug-like devices scuttle around on three toothpick-like legs, interacting and coordinating their own behavior as a team. A June 2011 Harvard Technical Report demonstrated a collective of 25 machines implementing swarming behaviors such as foraging, formation control, and synchronization.

Once up and running, the machines are fully autonomous, meaning there is no need for a human to control their actions. Kilobots gehen in die Serienfertigung - Golem. Kilobots - tiny, collaborative robots - are leaving the nest (w/ video) - StumbleUpon. (PhysOrg.com) -- The Kilobots are coming.

Kilobots - tiny, collaborative robots - are leaving the nest (w/ video) - StumbleUpon

Computer scientists and engineers at Harvard University have developed and licensed technology that will make it easy to test collective algorithms on hundreds, or even thousands, of tiny robots. Called Kilobots, the quarter-sized bug-like devices scuttle around on three toothpick-like legs, interacting and coordinating their own behavior as a team. A June 2011 Harvard Technical Report demonstrated a collective of 25 machines implementing swarming behaviors such as foraging, formation control, and synchronization. Once up and running, the machines are fully autonomous, meaning there is no need for a human to control their actions. Harvard's Kilobot project does swarm robots on the cheap (video)

We've certainly seen plenty of swarm robots before, but few of those are cheap enough to let you easily build something that can truly be called a "swarm.

Harvard's Kilobot project does swarm robots on the cheap (video)

" These so-called Kilobots developed by Harvard's Self-organizing Systems Research Group, however, can apparently built for just $14 apiece, and can each be assembled in just five minutes to boot. Despite that low cost, the bots are still capable of plenty of swarm-like behaviors, including the ability to follow the leader, disperse in an environment, put on a synchronized LED light show. Head on past the break for a pair of videos. LEGO MINDSTORMS. Microsoft Robotics. These LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT tutorials demonstrate how to control and interact with the LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT from Microsoft Visual Programming Language (VPL).

Microsoft Robotics

If you have not previously set up your LEGO® NXT to communicate over Bluetooth then please read the topic Introduction. Flashlight Tutorial This walk-through will take you step-by-step through writing your first LEGO® NXT program using VPL. Bricx Command Center 3.3. NBC/NXC. NQC - Not Quite C. NXT Programs - Fun Projects for your LEGO Mindstorms NXT.