The interesting Kilobot project from Harvard for investigating multi-robot behavior with masses of small dumb robots has been made open hardware for a year now.

However I cannot find so much activity about robot creation and movies about results. Is it too hard to create the robots, the programmer, the charger or isn't the project interesting enough?

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    $\begingroup$ Whoa, there are waay to many questions here. You may want to split it up. Aside from that, your questions (1),(4),(5) are of the "not constructive" type, they are rather make-a-list-y and likely to be closed. Your questions may be more suited to Robotics Chat $\endgroup$ Dec 18, 2012 at 11:15
  • $\begingroup$ I agree. This is a fishing or survey question. Please ask specific, answerable questions. $\endgroup$ Dec 18, 2012 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ OK, I have updated, hopefully accordingly. $\endgroup$
    – rics
    Dec 18, 2012 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ I believe swarm intelligence is not as hot a topic as it was before (was it the 80s?). That's probably why there isn't much effort in trying to implement something using kilobots. $\endgroup$
    – Shahbaz
    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:56
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks rics, I think your update makes your question more practical. $\endgroup$
    – Mark Booth
    Dec 21, 2012 at 11:38

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It appears that Nikolaus Correll at CU-Boulder is doing research with a derivative of the kilobots: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/12/14/cu-boulder-team-develops-swarm-pingpong-ball-sized-robots

  • $\begingroup$ I would say that Correll's work is similar in spirit but it is not connected to Kilobots. $\endgroup$
    – rics
    Jan 3, 2013 at 20:42

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