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Robotic Orb Swarm

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Thanks to Maikerfaire.com for this one.

SWARM is a kinetic art work of semi-autonomous spherical robots (“Orbs”). Each robot has a shell 30 inches in diameter, with batteries, motors, audio system and color LED illumination inside. The SWARM is under the command of an on-board computer with wireless connectivity to other orbs and a central computer.

SWARM is built to explore the aesthetic possibilities in the emergent behavior of artificial systems. As a first step, Orbs are remote-controlled by human operators, but each Orb’s sounds and color illumination is algorithmically generated in response to location and motion.

See the video after the break.

Tags: board computer, emergent behavior, human operators, orbs, shell

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