Robot Imitates Real Ants
A new invention by the scientists have US has been holding attention of many in the robotic arena. They have developed a robotic ant that behaves like a real ant colony.
A swarm of dice-sized robots, known as Alice-bots, exhibit this behavior because of the programming done by the scientists.
The robot is fortified with two watch motors to power the wheels that help in their movement. A lead researcher Dr. Simon Garnier from the New Jersey Institute of Technology explains that the robots have been designed to imitate the ants.
Akin to the functioning of real ants, the robots "work together" to find their way from A to B as they follow the footprints of their seniors.
A graduate student in mechanical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology has explained in his website how the robots imitate the real ants. It explains how they self-assemble and reorganize to function in a coordinated manner.
The study also fleshes out that an ant has a certain amount of hydrophobia. This increases the ability to repel water. It getsstrengthened when they link together almost like a waterproof fabric.
This ant has been dubbed as a super-organism. The ant raft link up like that the real ones and show fluid-like characteristics.