I have always imagined different kind of robots operate together. For Example fyling robots, heavy duty robots, small robots all work as members of a robotic society. Flying robots can fly but their battery time will be limited so after some time they can land on battery carrier robots and continue their operation after charging on them.
Some robots may caryy wireless systems to increse the range of wireless. Some robots may carry high definition cameras so the swarm could be managed by humans.
So this video is a good example for what is Swarm Robotics Bring to us in the future.
“Spatially Targeted Communication and Self-Assembly,” by Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O’Grady, and Marco Dorigo, from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa, was presented at IROS 2012 in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Cooperative Beer Delivery Robots
Robots communicating with one another to solve a mission — imagine the possibilities. What better use than to serve you beer?
Engineers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have made a team of robots that work together to, in this case, bring you a beverage wherever you happen to be…
“We consider a heterogenous multi-robot bartender and waiters domain. The robot team consists of a PR2 bartender and two Turtlebot waiters. There are also three rooms in which people can order drinks from the waiters. Our goal is to bring drinks to the rooms with orders in the quickest manner. We impose communication limitations so the robots cannot communicate unless they are in close range. As a result, the robots must make decisions based on their own information, reasoning about the status and behavior of the other robots. This is a challenging task with stochasticity in ordering, navigation, picking, and placing objects as well as partial observability. We will model this domain as a MacDec-POMDP and introduce a planning algorithm capable of automatically generating controllers for the robots (in the form of finite-state machines) that collectively maximize team utility.”