From Al’s Spaceship: Molecular Robots are Now Going to Be Able to Work Collaboratively in Swarms
Written by Liam Sweeny on May 13, 2022
Al’s seen this before. He’s got a bug-spray business on the other side of the ship.
Researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan demonstrated that molecular robots can perform cargo delivery by using a swarming strategy, achieving five times the transport efficiency of individual robots.
Robot swarms provide robots with capabilities that are not possible in individual robot activity, such as splitting work among themselves, responding to different risks, and establishing complex structures as the environment changes. A micro-robot or machine at the micro or nano scale may be perceived as only being suited for a limited set of tasks, but their swarming capabilities could permit them to perform a variety of complex tasks and be integrated in a variety of solutions. Keep Reading…