Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tiny Wandering Tweenbots

Tiny, helpless, unintelligent. Turn these things loose in a complex environment, like maybe Central Park in New York City, and they are toast. Right?
Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.
Wrong! According to reports, they reach their intended destination every time.

What a simple and beautiful experiment. Read more about it at Tweenbots.

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