Video: Termite-Inspired Robots

Video: Termite-Inspired Robots

Harvard University scientists, inspired by termites and their abilities to build mounds, have created a mini-swarm of surprisingly simpleminded robots that can work together to construct buildings much larger than themselves.

February 17, 2014

Harvard University scientists, inspired by termites and their ability to build mounds, have created a mini-swarm of surprisingly simpleminded robots that can work together to construct buildings much larger than themselves.

The findings, described in the journal Science, present an important step toward designing robots that may one day be able to build research facilities in the deep ocean, buildings on Mars or even levees at a flood zone during an emergency – jobs that are far too hazardous or expensive for human workers to do.

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