May 20, 2005

Flocking Flying Robots

Flocks of unmanned aircraft form Bluetooth Linux clusters

Back a while, I posted something about Gumstix, an extraordinarily small computer about the size of a pack of gum. Someone has taken a newer version of these, which contains Bluetooth, and built a set of flocking, flying robots. These robots are connected using something called a piconet, an ad-hoc localized network using Bluetooth. Each robot becomes both part of a swarm (in meatspace) and part of a grid network (in electronic space). I'm not sure which is cooler, the swarming idea, the piconet idea, or the flying robotics with off-the-shelf parts idea. Rapture!

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Posted by Ted Stevko at May 20, 2005 05:34 PM | TrackBack