OrbSwarm Gets Smart

OrbSwarm Gets Smart

Posted On: August 7, 2008
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Huge metal spheres with a mind of their own? OrbSwarm, famous from Burning Man awhile back has gone autonomous. Hit the link for a diagram of it’s first autonomous journey. It’s quite an accomplishment and we here at Botropolis would like to extend our congratulations to the team.

From Michael Prados, one of the lead people in charge:

Jon, Niladri, and I coded all day, and then went to the soccer field to sit in the dark and code and debug some more. The culmination of this massive brain exertion is the stumbling attempt at a straight line in the linked jpg [above]. It may not look like much, but for the first time, all the major pieces of orb navigation are working together to autonomously guide the orb along a specified path. We are giving it a way point 20m in front of its initial position, and asking it to go there.