Self-Assembling Teams Rising Up
There is a lot of intriguing, and often cute work being done on autonomous robots, but none of the demonstrations I’ve seen so far surpassed this impressive demo of the robotics team at ETH Zurich:
The individual vehicles of the Distributed Flight Array have fixed propellers that can lift them into the air, but the resulting flight is erratic and uncontrolled. Joined together, however, these relatively simple modules evolve into a sophisticated multi-propeller system capable of coordinated flight.
A perfect description of what can make, and break, a team. Be sure to watch this video until the end.