Sunday, 23 February 2014

Harvard researchers look to termites as inspiration for autonomous building robots

Harvard researchers look to termites as inspiration for autonomous building robots
Feb 23rd 2014, 02:36, by Nathan Ingraham


Termites may be among the most repellent and invasive insects on the planet, but they've also provided the inspiration for a set of swarm-based construction robots designed by a group of Harvard researchers. The TERMES robot project is based on the behavior of actual termites: while the insects may be known for infesting homes, they also are skilled builders, making impressive, elaborate, and huge structures many times their size with little to no centralized guidance.
The TERMES robots work under the same principle — they're designed to construct 3D structures much larger than themselves with little oversight. The robots can manipulate and build up structures using specific types of blocks, can maneuver around the structures it...
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