HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
Video: Robot Swarm Channels Beethoven
12/17/2012

As part of a project to create leader-follower network topologies, a swarm of Khepera III robots deploys spatio-temporal routing algorithms to use the fewest members and travel the minimum possible distance while playing Beethoven's 'Fur Elise.' (Source: K-Team)
As part of a project to create leader-follower network topologies, a swarm of Khepera III robots deploys spatio-temporal routing algorithms to use the fewest members and travel the minimum
possible distance while playing Beethoven's "Fur Elise."
(Source: K-Team)

Return to Article

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Page 1/2  >  >>
mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Robot Swarm Video
mrdon   12/17/2012 12:27:08 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Ann, Great article and video! It's amazing to see this tiny robots worked together for a common goal, in this case to play a piano, with such grace. The electronics packaging for these tiny robot is an engineering feat in itself. I'm wondering what type of processor is used to orchestrate the sensing and mobility controls for these robots. Did Georgia Tech disclose any engineering BOM on these robots?

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot Swarm Video
Cabe Atwell   12/17/2012 3:49:32 PM
NO RATINGS
Add another 50 robots, and the song would be "knock you down" impressive.

Mrdon, I think these are off the shelf bots. Khepera III.

Aside from the BOM, the source code for their collaboration software would be interesting to see.

C

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Robot Swarm Video
mrdon   12/17/2012 5:42:28 PM
NO RATINGS
Cabe Atwell, Yes the article did specify them as being Khepera IIIs. I agree, the code would be interesting to see based on the swarm algorithm used to allow the bots to work together.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Robot Swarm Video
William K.   12/21/2012 8:26:07 PM
NO RATINGS
A completely different concept, that is true. As for the working together, what came to my mind is the expression "Gung Ho", adopted by the USMC many years ago. The meaning, loosely translated from the original Chinese, means "work together". And the robots certainly do. It ia a little bit like watching an untrianed typist using whatever finger is closest to the needed key.

Is it possible that these robots could learn to type? That would be quite a show, no doubt.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Robot Swarm Video
mrdon   12/22/2012 12:35:36 AM
NO RATINGS
WilliamK, Yes, I agree. That would be a sight to see these robots type a book mansucript. I could have used them for my latest book, Learn Electronics with Arduino.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot Swarm Video
Ann R. Thryft   12/27/2012 12:56:40 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, mrdon, glad you liked it. I was happy to find out that the U of PA robot musical team we've written about wasn't the only group of swarming bots with such talents.
I suggest you check out the link we gave for the Kephera IIIs--they are OTS machines, as Cabe points out. I think his point about the software is also well taken. I'd like to know more about what the Georgia Tech team did with spatio-temporal request sequencing.

Scott Orlosky
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Robot Swarm Video
Scott Orlosky   12/30/2012 7:07:44 PM
NO RATINGS
This sort of cooperative solution is intriguing to watch.  Could this also be used to deliver multiple parcels throughout a neighborhood with minimal energy consumption? Maybe planting algorithms for reforestation? Battlefield logistics?  I'm sure that there must be lots of real-world problems that could use this sort of optimization for a solution.

The Ticktock Man
User Rank
Iron
Re: Robot Swarm Video
The Ticktock Man   12/31/2012 10:15:49 PM
NO RATINGS
Right, if there were at least 3 or 4 times the number of swarm elements (it only starts with 8, after all) or they were that much faster, the ENTIRE piece (the middle section has about 3 times the number of notes in the same period of time) could be played a tempo, and it would be as flawless as if sequenced.

mrdon
User Rank
Gold
Re: Robot Swarm Video
mrdon   1/8/2013 11:24:28 AM
NO RATINGS
Hi Ann, Is it possible to obtain additional info regarding the software algorithm used to coordinate the Robot Swarm's movements? It would be an interesting follow up article as well.

 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot Swarm Video
Ann R. Thryft   1/8/2013 12:13:10 PM
NO RATINGS
mrdon, you're welcome to try--you could contact them via the links we gave--but I doubt if the researchers would be very forthcoming with the algorithm. Please let us know what you find out.

Page 1/2  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
Thanks to 3D printing, some custom-made prosthetic limbs, and a Lego set, one lucky dog and a tortoise has learned new tricks.
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.
Computer security firm Norton has partnered with clothing company Betaband on a pair of jeans that will keep your RFID-tagged credit cards and documents safe from wireless theft.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service