Swarm Robots Get More Done
At first, the small group of robots doesn't appear to be doing much, simply shining lights down on a floor to the tune of Beethoven's "Für Elise." However, the fact they're working cohesively, as a unit, could lead to something much larger.
Magnus Egerstedt, a professor of electrical and computer engineering for Georgia Tech University, has developed "swarm robotics" technology in which small units work together for problem-solving purposes, whether it's performing a song, or grouping together in pursuit of another unit, as demonstrated in the video above.
Using built-in sensors, the robots collectively keep in touch with each other, keeping constant communication to effectively come up with solutions to problems.
Though the prototypes are small, Egerstedt sees big potential for "swarm robotics," potentially in such fields as defense, surveillance and search-and-rescue missions, where units could effectively find those in need much quicker than just a solo unit.