Controlling Microbot Swarms with Vibrations: A New Possibility for Research

Vibrations can be used to control a small swarm.

Researchers could revolutionize their research by using tiny vibrating robots

Swarms of robots are able to work together to make major advancements in construction, surveillance and more. Microrobots, on the other hand, have a small size that is perfect for delivering drugs, diagnosing diseases, or even performing surgery.

The size of microrobots often limits their sensing, communication and motility abilities. However, new research at the Georgia Institute of Technology has improved their collaboration efficiency. The research offers a system that controls swarms 300 microbristle robotics (microbots), allowing them to aggregate and disperse in a controlled manner without any onboard sensors.