Researchers Developing Robotic Boats That Join Together to Form Bridge or Landing Strips

Posted on February 11, 2013

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed small robotic boats that can join together to form a large flat structure. These robots are currently very small models of what one day could one day be much bigger robots that could band together to form a bridge. The robot swarm in the pool is part of a DARPA project to create a Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP). The ultimate goal is to be able to have floating robots that can self-assemble into very large structures. The researchers say waves are a potential problem if you are making something as large as a bridge or aircraft carrier. You don't want the waves to break your structure apart. Take a look:

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