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Termes Project: robot constructors of the future

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The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Termites is probably their destructive nature. Well, some scientists from Harvard have come up with a special robot that’s been designed to build stairs. Meant to work in a swarm, this robot (named Kali) is part of Harvard’s Termes project: robots inspired by termites. But instead of tearing down foundations, these robots are designed to construct structures instead.

In a demonstration video we see Kali the robot build a simple staircase in order to scale a wall of an unknown height, using experience to gauge how high it needs to go. If one robot can work on a structure like this so easily, it’s interesting to see how a whole swarm of similar robots functioning as a single unit. Hit the break to check out the demonstration video and see what the robot is capable of:

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