How To Build Open-Source Swarm Robots

The idea of building swarm robots is not new. We’ve seen projects like a thousand-robot swarm created by Harvard researchers and open-source micro-robotic project takes on the challenge and succeed in gaining a fair amount of robotics community support. There are countless uses for swarm robots in real-life applications, and nearly as many ways to implement new applications as there are makers trying to implement it. For examples, swarm robotics applications include transportation of bigger and heavier objects or the rescue operations.

Whether you are looking for new ideas or engineering solutions — in all the cases you can learn a lot, and start building your customized swarm bots without reinventing the wheel all the time. The Swarm Bots project try to reproduce the natural behavior of a Swarm of bees or a Swarm of ants.

The project is divided into two parts:

  • the first part handling the self-assembly
  • the second part handling the co-operative transport

In the self-assembly mode, the swarm robots work fully autonomous to locate, approach and connect with an object. In the co-operative transport mode, the robots are able to connect with an object and with each other autonomously.

Key Pieces:
  • Arduino UNO
  • NRF24L01 Rf Module
  • LV-MaxSonar Sensor
  • Photodiode and LED’s
  • Bluetooth Shield

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