Scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences along with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have created some 1,024 “kilobots” that work together to create incredible shapes. Given the command and shape to replicate, these robots then communicate with one another and assemble.
The robots were created to test the collective behaviors of species like ants to understand how biologically collective behaviors work. These self-organizing robots use infrared light to gradually from together. They are extremely simple and low cost robots that can reenact complex behaviors.