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New Self-Specialization Algorithm Explored

The robots were tasked with completing a task similar to that performed by Atta leafcutter ants. (Photo credit: PLOS)

New research suggests that teams of robots that self-specialize to perform specific tasks using a novel evolutionary method might have an advantage when completing missions. The study involved robotic simulations modeled loosely after the activity of leaf cutter ants that cut leaves off trees to use …

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A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller LV with Raspberry Pi Bridge

This programmable module combines with a Raspberry Pi to serve as the control center of a robot or electronics project. (Photo credit: Pololu Robotics and Electronics)

This A-Star can be used as a Raspberry Pi HAT (for Model B+, Model A+, and Pi 2 Model B Pi boards) or as a standalone controller for a very simple robot. Built around an ATmega32U4 AVR microcontroller with built-in USB functionality,  the board includes dual …

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Robotic Playground Apparatus Slowly Changes Shape

Researchers from the Interactive Architechture Lab and the University College London are developing a robotic playground structure that slowly adjusts its struts to move and change shape. Known as a MORPH [MObile Reconfigurable PolyHedra], the octahedral robots can be wirelessly guided or roam relatively freely, while …

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