by Douglas Black October 24, 2016
In what is yet another way to creep us into a future of submission to mechanical overlords, Researchers from MIT and Stanford University introduced these crawly-bots at the User Interface Software and Technology Symposium. These centimeter sized Rovables roam all over their human vehicles, dare I say it, like bugs, by pinching and clamping at clothing with their tiny wheels while doing God-knows-what.
According to the creators at MIT, each Rovable contains a battery, microcontroller, and a wireless communications module that lets it track the movements and locations of its fellow little robots.
Why, you ask? Suggested applications for it include interactive clothing/jewellery, tactile feedback systems, and changeable modular displays such as name tags.
Researchers have recently been working on small flying insect-like bots that can deliver micro payloads or perform surveillance.
The coming Robopacolypse, indeed.