From CorrellLab: "A scalable research and educational platform for swarm robotics"
A Droplet is a small mobile robot that is based on 10 years experience in swarm robotics. The Droplets are the only platform that,
|Parts ATMEL Mic.||$5.00||$3.00||$2.50|
|Parts – Supercap||$7.00||$4.00||$3.50|
|Parts – Other||$18.00||$13.00||$10.00|
|CU Facilities Overhead||$9.00||$3.50||$3.00|
|Cost per Droplet||$100.00||$40.00||$30.00|
|Nikolaus Correll (Asst. Professor)
PhD in Computer Science EPFL
2007 MS in Electrical Engineering ETH
2009 Asst. Professor in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy), Aerospace Engineering Sciences (by courtesy)
Affiliate, Material Science Engineering program
|Anshul Kanakia (Ph.D. Candidate)
BS in Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
Research interests: Design and Application of Swarm Robot Algorithms
|John Klingner (Ph.D. Student)
BA in Computer Science, Cornell College, 2012
BA in Physics, Cornell College, 2012
BA in Mathematics, Cornell College, 2012
Nicholas Farrow, John Klingner, Dana Hughes and Nikolaus Correll will travel to Hong Kong to present our first paper on the Droplets hardware, a description of the range and bearing system. Getting such a small platform not only to accurately measure the range to its neighbors, but also their orientation, and even the heading of each neighboring robot is a tough challenge and we have made the following innovations:
We have named our first Droplet after one of our donor’s granddaughters. We are currently experimenting with 3D printing part of the robot (the lower shell) in order to bring overall costs down and have purchased a Makerbot Replicator 2x. While the Makerbot allows us to print in two colors (which looks great), it is not clear it is precise enough for creating the intricate inner structures.
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