Robotics

Do as I dance

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Science  03 Jun 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6290, pp. 1186-1187
DOI: 10.1126/science.352.6290.1186-e

The conditions under which a multirobot search and rescue team might be most needed are also the conditions in which communication between robots might be the most challenging and prone to failure. For example, direct wireless communication or long-range visual observation from one robot to another may be blocked by debris, smoke, or other obstacles. Das et al. engineered their unmanned autonomous vehicles to behave like honey bees, in which a forager bee communicates through a wiggle dance to explain a pattern of motion to follower bees. Three different flight patterns were tested and conveyed with high precision, although some errors arose because of limitations of uncorrected computer vision in perceiving specific shapes.

One of a group of unmanned autonomous vehicles.

PHOTO: © BRENDAN FITTERER/TAMPA BAY TIMES/ZUMAPRESS.COM

Robotics Auton. Syst. 10.1016/j.robot.2016.04.002 (2016).

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