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Making the Development of Swarm Robotics Easier

16 May 2017

The development kit supports the five principles of swarm intelligence: awareness, autonomy, solidarity, expandability and resiliency. Source: Swarm Technology The development kit supports the five principles of swarm intelligence: awareness, autonomy, solidarity, expandability and resiliency. Source: Swarm Technology Swarm Technology, LLC and Phi-Robotics Research are partnering to produce a complete hardware-software development kit to implement edge processing and swarm robotics applications.

Targeted at developers in the fields of robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial automation, the system combines the intellectual property (IP) and architecture of the patented technology of Swarm Technology with the IP from Phi-Robotics based on embedded systems, distributed systems and computer vision.

“To guarantee a successful, gradual deployment of our swarm robotics development kit, the Swarm-Phi partnership will begin by strategically choosing one academic institution and one company in the field of reconnaissance, precision agriculture or industrial automation,” says Pranay Kishore, CEO and founder of Phi-Robotics.

Swarm Technology developed its robotic architecture and algorithm, called Solidarity Cell Architecture, based on how an octopus works. Instead of acting as slaves to the head, the arms work with the head in a proactive way. The arms of the octopus essentially have minds of their own because two-thirds of the creature’s neurons are distributed among them. This approach was used to develop the architecture and technology used in the development kit based on the five principles of swarm intelligence: awareness, autonomy, solidarity, expandability and resiliency.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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