Rough terrain? No problem for this beaver-inspired autonomous robot

Rough terrain? No problem for this beaver-inspired autonomous robot


[photo of beaver in water while progressive bluegrass music plays]
A beaver doesn’t use blueprints to build its dam [photo of beaver dam]
A beaver doesn’t use blueprints to build its dam [photo of beaver dam]
Instead is sense flowing water and tries to stop it
This autonomous robot takes a similar approach in rough terrain [point of view video of robot]
It senses an obstacle and moves nearby objects to create a ramp [photo of fish swarm]
This biological phenomenon is known as stigmergy
The idea is that a simple action spurs another action, and so on [picture of termite mound]
It has been used to explain termite mounds [picture of Wikipedia]
and even Wikipedia
Now, UB researchers are using stigmergy with robots [picture of destroyed building]
This prototype could eventually help during disasters [picture of Mars]
And improve access to remote places and planets like Mars [picture of UB logo]

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