Robot swarms designed by university engineers

A way of making hundreds - or even thousands - of tiny robots swarm like bees to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at Sheffield University.

The team has programmed extremely simple robots that are able to form a dense cluster in a similar way to how bees or a flock of birds are able to carry out tasks collectively.

Robot ‘swarms’ could be used in the agricultural industry or to carry out tasks such as monitoring pollution levels.