Sandia National Labs claims to have developed the world's smallest
autonomous robots. The mini-robots are about the size of a nickel and
can travel at speeds of up to 20 inches per minute on tiny treads. A
release as well as MPEG
video is available from the Sandia Labs web site.
It's a really cool little robot all right!
From watching the video it looks like it could roll over coins and all, but I didn't see it "maneuvering". On time on the video, it looked
like it turned, but then I got to thinking it just got one of the tracks caught on a coin. When I think of autonomous I sort of think it should
receive input and respond to input, perhaps navigate somehow. So far it just looked like the motors were going and that's all. I hardly call
that autonomous. But it did look like it had the potential to do it if they tried. Perhaps we will see a revision 2 of the software sometime in