The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows how we used an electric underwater field to confine the robots of a specific area around the base station so that they don’t get lost.
We use a submerged electrode below the CoCoRo surface station to generate a pulsing electric field underwater around this station. The Jeff robots have electrodes on their outer hull to be able to sense such fields. This way we can confine the robots into a specific area (volume) around the base station. This is important to keep the swarm together in the water, otherwise robots can get lost. We first tested this system in a pool, as it is shown in this video here.
To learn more about the project, see this introductory post, or check out all the videos from the Year of CoCoRo on Robohub.