Scientists in America build robotic ant colony
- 29 March 2013
Scientists in America have built a robotic ant colony.
The team behind the techno creepy crawlies say they've programmed them to behave like the real thing.
They don't look much like insects, each robo-ant is a small cube fitted with two motorised wheels.
But like the real bugs, the robots leave a trail for the others to follow.
Amazingly they can find the fastest way through a network or maze, simply by being programmed to avoid barriers.
Simon Garnier, who led the experiment, said; "By themselves, each robot would just move around randomly and get lost... but they are able to work together and communicate."