Ants are truly amazing insects,who, with their tiny size, are able to build huge anthills, obtain food for thousands of relatives and fight with other colonies. They easily perform such complex tasks through teamwork — they each have their own responsibilities, and they perform each action together. Scientists from Switzerland believe that by creating a colony of tiny robots that work as well as ants, they will be able to quickly find victims of earthquakes and other disasters under the ruins of houses. The development of such robots has already begun, and scientists have already shown what they are capable of.
Robotic ants are calledTribots. They are made very simply, and with their 10 grams of weight consist of three movable plates, which are bent in different directions. Moving them, insect robots can crawl and jump in different directions. Thus, they can climb over obstacles and jump over cliffs — when searching for people under piles of stones, such skills will obviously be useful to them.
Robots communicate with each other
Ideally, developers want smallrobots interacted with each other just like ants. They strive to make every little robot have its own role. For example, it would be good if any of them could be programmed to manage the entire colony, explore the territory and warn relatives about the danger, or collect materials for the construction of facilities.
By the way, even robots are able to help each other
Scientists say that robots can now taketake on different tasks and communicate with each other. However, these skills of mechanical ants were not shown in the video. If this is really true, such robots can even be smarter than real ants, because their functions can change at any time, depending on the situation. For example, if the robot was engaged in the exploration of the territory, if necessary, he can be given a command to collect items.
The best robots to save people
Having created a colony of tiny robots, researcherscan teach them to look for people under the rubble of destroyed houses. Today, large robots with crawler wheels, like tanks, are already used for this, but they are too expensive, cannot penetrate into narrow gaps, and thus can complicate the rescue operation. Robotic ants, in turn, are inexpensive, compact and numerous - if one of them breaks down, the colony will continue to work as if nothing had happened.
For rescuing people from under the rubble are usednot only tracked robots, but also four-legged "rescuers". One of the most amazing of them is Centauro, which can move through the ruins with the help of four legs. He also has two hands with which he can lift heavy stones.
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