menu

Robots Communicate With One Another Through Encoded Air

Robots Communicate With One Another Through Encoded Air
Design

Researchers take cues from insect communication methods to provide alternative data transmission.

Stephen Fortune
  • 10 march 2011

Sending signals through the air may be among the oldest communication methods in human history. It’s practice is not the sole preserve of human species either, as African cave crickets communicate through pressurized rings of air similar to smoke rings. And amazingly this communication method may not be the sole preserve of biotic life for much longer.

The aforementioned insect communication differs from our use of smoke rings. Rather than rely on the visual presence of smoke the cricket:

repeatedly flings its wings forward to create tiny vortices of pressurized air. Like smoke rings, these bursts of air create a low-pressure region around their edges, causing doughnut-shaped rings to form in the air that can travel fairly long distances.

For the crickets, this is their equivalent of giving one another the ‘come hither’ eyes. Amatory matters do not trouble robots, but this communication practice can be co-opted into a binary format, as an engineer at Monash University, Australia, has attempted.

He has created a system wherein a speaker cone can project similar rings of pressurized air to a pressure sensor on a corresponding robot. Using a binary code, the two robots can exchange and decode one ASCII character every four seconds without so much as a peep or a wireless signal exchanged between them.

The signal decay of the air signal is 30cm and is relatively slow but crucially this communication method allows data to be exchanged without a wireless signal or an electrical connection.

Monash University

PopSci: Australian Robots Communicate With Each Other By Blowing Coded Vortices of Air

Design
Trending

DIY Kit Lets You Build Your Own Wooden Bike, Boat Or Caravan

Design & Architecture
Culture Yesterday

Messaging Add-On Helps You Correct Your Friends’ Bad Grammar

An iMessage sticker pack will help you copyedit text messages

Automotive Yesterday

Mercedes-Benz Introduces A New Electric Mobility Brand

The separate entity aims to simplify the identification of Mercedes EV products to customers

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Mobile Yesterday

Tinder’s New Feature Makes Swiping A Group Effort

The dating app wants to democratize its gestural interaction by buying in to the social polling trend pervasive among millennials

Related Expert

Jeffrey Cruttenden

Investing, Security, Design

Syndicated Yesterday

Autonomous Garbage Drone Prevents Trash From Reaching Deep Ocean

The solar-powered WasteShark collects refuse closer to the source: the harbor

Automotive Yesterday

Aston Martin Reveals Its Own Luxury Powerboat

The sleek AM37 echoes styling elements from the British brand's sports cars

Advertising Yesterday

An Escort Website Fights Violence Against Sex Workers

The advocacy campaign from McCann aims uncover the human toll of the exploitative industry

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed september 27, 2016

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

PSFK Labs september 29, 2016

The 10 Steps To Discover, Hire, Develop Your Next Leader

PSFK's Future of Work report outlines key steps in the employee development path to empower next-gen leaders

Culture Yesterday

LIFE Magazine Relaunches In Pure VR

The general interest periodical, which ceased publication in 2000, has turned into a portal for virtual reality content

Mobile Yesterday

Reorder This Detox Drink With A Simple Text Message

Dirty Lemon is streamlining its communication by letting customers place orders, ask product questions and request help exclusively through chat

Op-Ed Yesterday

The Future Of The American Workforce Requires Unbundling College Education

President of JetBlue Technology Ventures: developing corporate education programs for non-traditional students

Retail Yesterday

Gilt’s Pop-Up House Is The Kind Of Store You’ll Want To Live In

The New York City townhouse plays host to the latest in retail inspiration, curation, and lifestyle activation (and some libations, too)

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Mobile Yesterday

Registering To Vote Is Now Just A Text Away

A new bot aims to mobilize underrepresented groups this election season through SMS and Facebook Messenger

Africa Yesterday

Virtual Reality Game Gives Lessons About Emergency Birth Care

LIFE is a serious tool that takes advantage of new technology to help save lives

Luxury Yesterday

Shoe Repair Has Moved Onto Your Phone

Cobbler Concierge is an on-demand service to get your footwear fixed online

No search results found.