Tiny Robots Helping Tiny Robots Is an Adorable Thing

I'm so sick of this "robots are evil" trope—we created them. They live to serve. They love us. And they also love each other! Like these swarm bots who scurry around following their quadrocopter pal. Awwww.

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The Khepera robots, out of Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems, don't talk to each other. Instead, they're guided by a peppy leader, who in this case beams out silent orders to keep them all in a neat formation. The goal? Providing a roaming landing pad for an accompanying drone copter. They may just look like toys here, but I'm sure this is the kind of tech the Pentagon would love to push into the desert. [Ted MacDonald via Engadget]

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thirdchild

Now there's one thing I don't get.

These bots need a surface to move on, wich in 90% of the cases is the floor. If you have a floor, then why would you need these drones to land on? On the other hand, if the grounded drones have longer battery life, I could see them useful in order to retrieve the flying drone. But unless that's the case, I don't see the point in this.