Industry set to benefit from robot ‘swarm’

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A way of making hundreds – or even thousands – of tiny robots gather together to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by Sheffield engineers.

The team from Sheffield Centre for Robotics, based in Sheffield University’s engineering faculty has programmed extremely simple devices that are able to form a dense cluster, in a similar way to how a swarm of bees or flock of birds is able to carry out tasks collectively.

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