Sunday, July 3, 2011

Team of ants carrying a force sensor

A team of Aphaenogaster cockerelli foragers carrying an artificial load marked with fig paste to make it attractive to them. Deflections of the sensor arms reveal the forces exerted by each ant. This kind of data can explain how these leaderless groups manage to coordinate so well. In turn, the ants can inspire designs for collective transport by robots.

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