Kilobot Starter Pack
Kilobot is a low-cost, easy-to-use robotic system for advancing development of “swarms” of robots that can be programmed to perform useful functions by coordinating interactions among many individuals. These swarms are inspired by social insects, such as ant colonies, that can efficiently search for and find food sources in large complex environments, collectively transport large objects, and coordinate the building of nests and bridges in such environments. Following this inspiration from nature, robot swarms might one day tunnel through rubble to find survivors, monitor the environment and remove contaminants, assist dwindling bee populations in pollinating crops, and self-assemble to form support structures in collapsed buildings. The Kilobot is designed to provide scientists with a physical testbed for advancing the understanding of collective behavior and realizing its potential to deliver solutions for a wide range of challenges.
- Small, only 33mm diameter
- Fine motor controlling (255 different power levels)
- The Kilobot can communicate with neighbors up to 7 cm.
- Neighbor-to-neighbor distance sensing
- Ambient light sensing
- RGB led • Rechargeable and removable battery
- Easy to manipulate, with the Kilobot controller you can program and control
The Kilobot controller board with the controller software can manage a large amount of robots at one time. It can communicate with Kilobots below using infrared light allowing a user to:
- Send a new program to all Kilobots at once.
- Control the Kilobots such as pausing and powering on/off
This action can be done for every Kilobot in an one-meter diameter area below the controller. The Kilobot controller can program an individual Kilobot using the built-in ISP programmer. It can also connect to an individual Kilobot's serial output header so it can be displayed on a windows computer.
The Kilobot charger is a very useful tool allowing you to charge up to 10 Kilobots at one time.
Each Kilobot has a built-in charger, which charges the onboard battery when +6 volts is applied to any of the legs, and GND is applied to the charging tab.