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Swarmanoid Video Wins!

Posted 16 Aug 2011 at 02:17 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This



At a San Francisco conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) this week, researchers from the Free University in Belgium won the best video award. The video is of their robot swarm called Swarmanoid. The task was for a swarm of three different robots to find and retrieve a book from a shelf. The robot swarm consists of a hand bot that can grab and climb, an eye bot that flies and can view the surroundings, and a foot bot that can rove and pick up the hand bot. The very colorful robots work together to accomplish the task and bring the book back to the starting point. The video is a wonderful visual display of robot swarm grace and beauty and you can easily appreciate why the video won. Of course there are more cool videos to watch of the AAAI competition also.

The swarm, posted 6 Sep 2011 at 00:18 UTC by ixisuprflyixi » (Master)

The concept of niche robots working together toward a common goal is not new but this implementation is impeccable. I feel the design of each robot in the swarm is well thought out and will lead to a diverse range of problems that the swarm can solve. These robots also seem like a lot of fun.

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