Robots swarms show promise says study

SWARMS of robots acting together to carry out jobs could provide new opportunities for people to harness the power of machines, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Sheffield Centre for Robotics have been working to program a group of 40 robots, and say the ability to control robot swarms could prove hugely beneficial in a range of contexts, from military to medical.

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The researchers at the centre have demonstrated the swarm can carry out simple fetching and carrying tasks, by grouping around an object and working together to push it across a surface.