Swarm Research using Trackbot and Visual programming

Last Thursday I received two new Trackbots( latest hardware / firmware version) from Systronix with the virtual intelligence adapter (Bluetooth comms).  I think these new Trackbots will be able to communicate with each other using their built-in LED beaconing systems.

On Friday we verified that we could indeed get both of the Trackbots to communicate at the same time to one Computer.  We verified this on Windows and OSX.

The next steps will be to implement the communication system as graphical blocks in robotFoundry and get these Trackbots to perform some very interesting swarm behaviours ( follow the leader, beacon naviagation).  See James McLurkin’s work on Swarms for more information

Trackbots with virtual intelligence adapter

Trackbots with virtual intelligence adapter