Termites inspire robot builders
US scientists have developed small robots that behave much like termites.
The insects build impressive, metres-high structures even though they can follow only simple rules and have no knowledge of an overall plan.
The Harvard Wyss Institute's robot brick-layers do something similar, sensing just the immediate area and taking limited cues from each other.
Lead researcher Dr Justin Werfel explains how termites came to inspire his team's robots.
13 Feb 2014
- From the section Science & Environment