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A Colony of Roach-like Robots! ZdS#22

Series : Zeste de science

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  00:03:43  2018  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The Youtube channel Zeste de science explores all aspects of scientific research, proving that even the most complicated scientific facts can be explained in less than 5 minutes, and that even the most seemingly trivial events of everyday life, if thoroughly studied, can contribute to the biggest technological advances.
Episode 22: What happens when you put several small self-propelled robots together in a corral? Physicists from Bordeaux studied roach-bots and found that above a critical number, the bots split into two groups: one that behaves like a gas and one that clusters along the boundary. When applied to a mobile corral, this phenomenon enables the bots to move the corral around obstacles.This could lead to new ways of cleaning and exploring, using robots.

Producer : CNRS Images
Author : BELLO Léa (DIRCOM, CNRS, Paris )
Chief editor : BAKER Nicolas (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Director : GOMBERT Christophe (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Audiovisual processReal shots. Use of archive images.
Interviews (live sound). Music.
NotesScientific sources :
Hamid Kellay (LOMA, UMR CNRS, Univ. de Bordeaux)
Centre de recherche Paul Pascal (UMR CNRS, Univ. de Bordeaux)
LOMA : Laboratoire ondes et matière d’Aquitaine (INP)

Sources :
Roach-like Robots Act Collectively


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Robot ; Modeling ; Automation ; Motricity



Technical Sheet
Item No.6633
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
LaboratoryUMR5798 ; UMR5031