Swarm Fabrication: Reconfigurable 3D Printers and Drawing Plotters Made of Swarm Robots
- Materials Science, Computer Science
Swarm Fabrication, a novel concept of creating ondemand, scalable, and reconfigurable fabrication machines made of swarm robots, is introduced and it is believed this fabrication technique will become a means of interactive and highly flexible fabrication in the future.
Robot in the Garden: Preliminary Experiments Programming an On-site Robot Ball Assistant to the Landscape Architect
- Computer Science
The project features preliminary experiments programming a small autonomous robot ball known as the SPRK+ Sphero that explore the utility of an onsite robotic “assistant” to the landscape architect, and defines for implementation key initial starting tasks that the robot ball could perform.
Biotechnology: A Tool in Termite Management
The potential of biotechnology as a tool in termite management is examined, as it is being estimated that the annual cost of termite damage to the buildings in USA is greater than that of combined cost of fires, storms, and floods, hinting an urgent need fortermite management.
Designing Collective Behavior in a Termite-Inspired Robot Construction Team
- Computer ScienceScience
This work presents a multi-agent construction system inspired by mound-building termites, solving an inverse problem of predicting high-level results given low-level rules; the approach via a physical realization with three autonomous climbing robots limited to onboard sensing.