Robots (50), Kilobots, 2012
This is a Robots (50).
This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering as part of Collection Selects: Wyss Institute.
In nature, thousands of individuals can cooperate to create complex structures purely through mutual interactions -- from cells that self-organize to form complex organisms, to the mesmerizing motion of fish schools and bird flocks. The kilobot project endeavours to recreate that kind of complexity artificially, demonstrating for the first time a thousand simple robots, with no leader, cooperating amongst themselves to self-organize complex shape and behavior.
It is credited
Courtesy of Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 3 × 3 cm (1 3/16 × 1 3/16 in.)
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Collection Selects: Wyss Institute.