We first mentioned Kilobots back in our story 10 Robots Inspired by Animals and Insects. Since then, the insect-inspired robots have become available outside of Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Buy your own swarm from Swiss company K-Team and start programming away. The Kilobots work kind of like ants in a colony, coordinating to evenly space themselves when moving, bring back “food” to their nest and autonomously synch up their lights to blink in unison. Warning: These are mainly meant for researchers, so if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re going to have a lot of useless robots on your hands.
Programming Skills Required: Extensive