Richard Vaughan, an assistant professor of computing science at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) in
And thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and SFU grants, by the spring of 2006, 30 of his latest creations called chatterboxes will be running around the place.
The $1,000 robots are 12 centimetre cubes that can see with infra-red eyes and communicate with flashing lights and sound – hence the name chatterbox.
Until now, Vaughan and his graduate students have been simulating robot swarms with software called Player/Stage, an open source robot control and simulation package
With the robots up and running by Spring,