SwARM ing in the ocean of components

Hi everyone,

We are exploring several solutions to locate the robots on the dance floor :

  • camera filming and real time object tracking with openCV
  • relative location with 3 modules at 3 corners of the dance floor : each robot would have a Decawave chip
  • the two solutions combined

Of course, if the solution is expensive it could limit our number of robots.

We discussed about communication between the robots and the main server, we found chips regrouping radio and location solutions and we almost decided to use a nRF24L01+ from Nordic mainly because of the costs.
About the MCU we thought about taking the STM32F030K6T6TR

We also discuss with Sam and Alexis about all our first choices for the battery, the motors… we are moving forward 🙂 but we still have work, we want to maintain the cost low to produce as many robots as we can.

That’s all for this week. We hope to finish this part before the end of the week.
Good Night


SwARM : let’s make some art !

Hi everyone,

I’m Perceval and I’m glad to present you SwARM : Hackster
It’s a project mostly about emergent choreography based on simple rules applied to several little rolling robots (about 10 or 20). The aim of the project is both artistic and esthetic.
For this project I am happy to work with Paul and Arnaud.

This week we have planned our schedule for all the semester with the PSSC.
We also have determined the main specifications and limits of SwARM :

It consists in several robots rolling and lighting in 256 different colors all synchronized. They will move according to a specific shape (like a circle or an eight for example) or following basics rules (such as : “if you have another robot in front of you, then turn right”) making a kind of dance and emergent patterns.

The robots will be balls of 15cm diameter, rolling thanks to two large wheel around it. They will communicate with the server by radio (maybe with a custom protocol on a free wavelength) which will locate each one with a camera placed above the dance floor.

Talk to you next week, let’s dance !


Attached : You can discover below our first presentation (in french) for Alexis and Sam.

1# presentation 30-09-16