Researchers create a thousand robot swarm that can self-assemble into shapes

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A team of researchers at Harvard have created a robot swarm that can assemble itself into complex shapes.

The ‘kilobots’ follow the instructions of the first few robots placed as a ‘seed’ and the rest move themselves into the proper shape using vibrating legs. The robots  communicate with each other along the way via infrared signal to make sure they are in the proper spot.

Read more about their research and development of the kilobots at IEEE Spectrum.