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Monday, December 05, 2011

Swarmrobots Enter Research Markets

Kilobot, Wyss
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University recently announced that it has signed an agreement to license its Kilobot robotic technology to K-Team Corporation, a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality mobile robots for use in advanced education and research. K-Team robotics solutions are used in more than 600 universities and industrial research centers internationally.
Kilobot is a low-cost, easy-to-use robotic system for advancing development of "swarms" of robots that can be programmed to perform useful functions by coordinating interactions among the many individuals. These swarms are inspired by social insects, such as ant colonies, that can efficiently search for and find food sources in large complex environments, collectively transport large objects, and coordinate the building of nests and bridges in such environments.

The Kilobot is designed to make tests of collective algorithms on hundreds or thousands of robots accessible to robotics researchers. 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.
The following video shows a Kilobot collective of up to 29 robot demonstrating some popular collective behaviors such as follow-the-leader and foraging.

US Special Price for a 10 pack: $1,237.50
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K-Team Corporation is a Swiss company that develops, manufactures and markets high quality mobile robots for use in advanced education and research. The Khepera and Koala are now a standard for academic research, while the K-Junior robot is designed for teachers and hobbyists. The KoreBot II based on the KoreBot advanced miniature single board controller is a perfect solution for Automation and custom robotics developments.




2 comments:

beambot said...

Of course, you can build your own Kilobot-like "Steerable Vibrobots" for a lot less than $100+ each (the K-Team pricing). Over at Hizook, Naghi showed us a reference design that can be built for around $10... and probably for free using parts readily available in most folks' "junk box." Learn more at Hizook.com.

Infonaut said...

Thanks for commanding and the links. Great!