SELF-RECONFIGURABLE MODULAR E-PUCKS
As part of my Ph.D., I developed a new extension for the e-puck robotics platform. The extension allows a collection of e-puck robots to physically connect with one another, in a manner similar to that of the SYMBRION modules, but at a fraction of the cost. The extension was designed using CAD software and prototyped using a 3D printer. The designs for the extension have been released under a creative commons licence and are available on the project webpage.
The extension has been used to demonstrate simple forms of collective locomotion, self-assembly and self-reconfiguration, some examples of which can be seen in the video below.