A Distributed Robot Garden System
Author(s)Sanneman, Lindsay M.; Ajilo, Deborah M.; DelPreto, Joseph Jeff; Mehta, Ankur; Miyashita, Shuhei; Ramirez-Arau, Camila; Yim, Sehyuk; Kim, Sangbae; Rus, Daniela L; Abdolrahim Poorheravi, Negin; ... Show more Show less
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Computational thinking is an important part of a modern education, and robotics provides a powerful tool for teaching programming logic in an interactive and engaging way. The robot garden presented in this paper is a distributed multi-robot system capable of running autonomously or under user control from a simple graphical interface. Over 100 origami flowers are actuated with LEDs and printed pouch motors, and are deployed in a modular array around additional swimming and crawling folded robots. The garden integrates state-of-the-art rapid design and fabrication technologies with distributed systems software techniques to create a scalable swarm in which robots can be controlled individually or as a group. The garden can be used to teach basic algorithmic concepts through its distributed algorithm demonstration capabilities and can teach programming concepts through its education-oriented user interface.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
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Sanneman, Lindsay, Deborah Ajilo, Joseph DelPreto, Ankur Mehta, Shuhei Miyashita, Negin Abdolrahim Poorheravi, Cami Ramirez, Sehyuk Yim, Sangbae Kim, and Daniela Rus. “A Distributed Robot Garden System.” 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (May 2015).
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