Formica

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Hardware Overview

Hardware Overview

The robots were designed carefully to save money without sacrificing too much functionality. The greatest cost savings were made in the mechanical design. The robots are just one printed circuit board (PCB). The wheels are the only custom mechanical parts; everything else is an off-the-shelf component, compatible with standard electronics manufacturing techniques, soldered to the PCB. As a result the platform is economical and its manufacture simple, for researchers and electronics assembly firms alike.

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Formica: Affordable, open source swarm robotics

Now open source; build your own!
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Formica (or Southampton swarm robotics) now world famous!

Whilst most of the team were out of the country, Alexis and Klaus presented the Formica robots at the ALIFE XI conference on artificial life. The conference was hosted by the SENSe research group, of which I will soon be a member. It attracted researchers from around the world and sounds like it was very interesting; wish I could have been there.

Submitted by jeff on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 02:53. categories [ ]

Formica: Swarm robotics

Submitted by jeff on Sat, 05/17/2008 - 15:48. categories [ ]