A growing branch of robotics research is the study of swarm organization, emergent behavior and artificial intelligence through the use of autonomous robotic agents. In this Instructable, I'm going to walk you through a one week project that I created as part of my Masters Architecture studies at the California College of Arts in collaboration with Prerna Auplish. The studio, run by Jason Kelly Johnson and Michael Shiloh, leveraged robotics and digital fabrication as a method to explore the relationship between architects and the tools they use. Our goal was to create a drawing machine with a swarm of robots in as little time as possible and with a fairly limited understanding of electronics and robotics. Oh, and also with not too much money! This project was the inspiration and jump off point for the Swarmscapers project, which has also been published as an Instructable.
In the course of that week long exploration we were able to barely scratch the surface of swarm behavior, and opened up a . In order to more fully explore the potential of these little guys, we're releasing them into the wild to see what other behaviors the Instructables community can discover!
This Instructable will teach you some basics about how to work with robotics, how to program and work with arduino and we'll also play around with the grasshopper plugin Firefly created by Jason Kelly Johnson and Andy Payne. So, click on through and we'll get started!