Have you ever imagined that robots could replicate insect movements? Wyss Institute researches as well as the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have and they created construction robots that act like termites.
“The TERMES system, as it is known, was developed by a team of computer scientists and engineers and essentially serves as an autonomous mechanical construction crew. Unlike human builders, the robots require no blueprints or detailed instructions, no supervisor, and no centralized communications director – similar to how termites take cues from one another and from their environment to place individual dirt clumps and complete a structure.”
Justin Werfel, a lead investigator for this project, explains that each of the robots are given only two types of instructions as well as their own “traffic laws.”
The TERMES project is showing insight into how future technology is affecting construction. Imagine what will pop up next!