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Swarm Bots Collborative Project

  • Owner: Brighton Robotics
  • Project Lead: Emily Toop
  • Collboratives:
    • Emily Toop
    • James Grant
  • Description:

Brighton Robotics, in conjunction with BuildBrighton, have been asked to put on an event in collaboration with Bristol Dorkbot for the dConstruct conference. The event will be held on Wednesday 2nd September at The Skiff and will consist of an 'exhibition' of members projects plus the unveiling of a new group project that Brigton Robotics and BuildBrighton will have created together. After discussion we have decided to make some Cockroach Swarm Bots. These little bots will display the following behaviors in an environment with several bright lights and some shady and covered areas using simple subsumption architecture:

  1. Light Seeking
  2. Obstacle Avoidance
  3. Listening for Loud Noise

If a loud noise is detected the following behavior will subsume the standard:

  1. Light Avoiding (causes bots to scuttle away into darkness)
  2. Obstacle Avoidance (allows bots to avoid each other in their flight)
  3. When in darkest place, stop and wait for random period of time till 'danger' has passed
  • TimeScales: For 2nd September
  • Status: Design Phase
  • Looking for collaboratives: Yes - to assist in design process, to build swarm bots & to construct environment


  • Owner: Emily Toop
  • Collaboratives: None
  • Description:

I have bought myself a lynxmotion hexapod chassis. This will be my first robot where I will be designing the circuit, behavior and programming myself so is a big learning instance for me.

  • TimeScales: None
  • Status: Pending
  • Looking for collaboratives: Yes - looking for advice and tuition on circuit design.