Created at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, Ants are “a community of cubic-inch microrobots” designed “to push the limits of microrobotics by integrating many sensors and actuators into a small package.” Video after the jump.
Each robot has 17 sensors including; four light sensors, four IR (infrared) receivers, bump sensors, food sensors, and a tilt sensor. They communicate with each other using two IR emitters, one mounted on the front of the robot and one mounted on the top
There are several levels of social behavior before reaching the goal of the ant colony. Right now, the robots can play Follow the Leader, Tag and Manhunt. Manhunt is similar to tag except there are two teams. The final game before the full-fledged Ant Farm is Capture the Flag. There are many application for robotic communities, including explosive ordnance disposal, and Mars exploration