Could Builder Robot Termites Be The Future?

This is not strictly about self-build or custom build, but is quite remarkable nonetheless. Engineers at Harvard University have performed an exciting demonstration with small robots that act like termites. These robot termites can build structures without the aid of humans, with no predefined plan, by following simple rules of self-organisation. Individually, these robot termites are not the brightest, understanding a few simple rules - when to pick up a brick, put down a brick, climb up a structure or turn around. However together these wee robots can work in conjunction, capable of completing a predefined structure. Already these robots have built impressive metres-high structures. At the AAAS event, Justin Werfel of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering … [Read more...]