It seems like a lot of trouble just to retrieve a book from a shelf, but this video of a distributed parallel system--a robot swarm--pulling some Tom-Cruise-before-the-Mission-Impossible-franchise-went-off-the-rails theatrics is pretty amazing--not only for the grappling hooks and blinking lights, but because "Swarmanoid" really is a true recon robot. When switched on, it knows absolutely nothing about its environment--but give it a few minutes, and it starts working toward its objectives in all kinds of entertaining ways.
For starters, a handful of "eye-bots" reconnoiters the area, establishing where things are and--most importantly for this task--the location of a book that Swarmanoid has been instructed to retrieve. Then the rest of the system swings into action. A team of "foot-bots" figure the best way to get to the book and set up a communication network linking the whole system from its point of origin to the location of the book.
Then two "foot-bots" attach themselves to the "hand-bot" and tow it to the book, which is perched on a shelf above floor level. Will Swarmanoid succeed in its mission? We wouldn't spoil the thrilling climax after all this build-up. Video below.
this is a truly innovative system of robotics.
why learn from your own mistakes, when you could learn from the mistakes of others?
Exterminate! Exterminate!!! (Dr Who)
Now that's some impressive teamwork between robots showing great communication!
hey, that's a dragonball book hahaa ;)
Actually, the communication is very simple. But yeah, this is awesome.