Quadcopter Swarm Plays James Bond Theme

ScaryBot.com has an article showing a swarm of quadcopters (quadrotors) playing the James Bond Theme with real musical instruments. Here is a link:
Quadcopter Swarm Plays James Bond Theme at ScaryBot

and a video:

Posted under autonomous flight, fun, swarm robotics

Kilobots are Coming!

Photo of Kilobots Ready to Swarm

Kilobots made by the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group

Kilobots are quarter-sized robots that move on three little legs designed to interact and coordinate their behavior. Created by the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) these little robots can be used to experiment with swarming algorithms. They have recently teamed up with the K-Team Corporation, a Swiss manufacturer of high-quality mobile robots, to mass produce kilobots so that researchers and enthusiasts alike can experiment with their own robot swarms.
More information can be found at Science Daily.

Here is a video of Kilobots in action!

Posted under swarm robotics, technology

Quadcopter Swarm Robotics

The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania is developing algorithms to control swarms of quadrotors, also known as quadcopters or quadricopters.

Their research group has some amazing videos of quadrotors in coordinated flight, and quadrotors working together to perform a coordinated construction task. The GRASP lab is involved in numerous other projects that are worth checking out.

Here is a video of quadrotors in coordinated flight:

Here they perform a construction task:

The latter video was featured on The Colbert Report.
Amazing work (and a little creepy!)

Gyro RC Helicopter

Posted under autonomous flight, quadcopters, swarm robotics, technology