Humans are passing their sense and ability to machines – making robots wiser with each passing day. If robots are made to reach places where humans cannot, the day wouldn’t be a bad call anyway. With life-like possibilities found on the Red Planet, scientists and robotic engineers have been making swarms of ant-sized micro-bots that could be sent as the first inhabitants of Mars. While we wait the day, the wise minds at I-SWARM project are slogging to develop tiny autonomous bots with the knack to work together and collectively perform tasks. I-SWARM and Jasmine are two robots built by the project – the former are 3mm robots with 2KB RAM powered by solar cell mounted batteries, moving with vibration, while the latter roll around on wheels powered by batteries.
The ant-sized robots being built under the European I-SWARM project can also join together, like transformer robots, along with their colonizing and collective chore performing traits. If the robots are to be sent onto the Red Planet, in process to unravel the hidden, the bots will require precise judgment to perform tasks at split seconds and with utmost diligence. For which the researchers are emphasizing on the best possible plans to solve the problems of the complex machines.
The tiny robots under construction are greatly advantageous, given their flexibility, and tough terrain management features. The researchers face hindrance in providing added peculiarities to these robots given their small size, yet they intend to mass produce these bots with the best possible facets. These bots besides the task they are being made for, could be used for different other daily tasks where machinery and utility is similar to their ability.