X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Researchers Build Deceptive Robots Based on the Behavior of Hoarding Squirrels

by Hazel Chua
Advertisement

What do squirrels have in common with the deceptive robots that researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology developed recently? Apparently, a lot, although that much isn’t obvious at first glance.

If you’ve ever seen a squirrel in the process of collecting acorns, then you’ll see that they can get pretty protective and paranoid over their hoard of nuts. I get like this myself over my hoard of clothes, shoes, and gadgets, but not for the same reason as the squirrels.

deceptive_squirrel_robot

You see, they freak out because other squirrels might be on to their hiding places and steal their stash while they’re away. Meanwhile, my problem has more to do with limited storage space and less with theft, but that’s a whole different story. And if you’re having the same problem because you’re hoarding too much tech and stuff, then maybe it’s time to consider a self-storage space. Just a tip, what with the holidays (and more gifts!) coming and all.

Anyway, once squirrels feel like they’re being watched, they begin checking empty cache sites to mislead any thieving squirrels and steer them away from the real sites with their acorns. This is the particular behavior that the researchers looked at and embodied into their deceptive robots.

deceptive_squirrel_robot_2

The project is funded by the Office of Naval Research and is headed by Professor Ronald Arkin. There are many potential applications for this technology on the field, as Professor Arkin highlights:

This application could be used by robots guarding ammunition or supplies on the battlefield. If an enemy were present, the robot could change its patrolling strategies to deceive humans or another intelligent machine, buying time until reinforcements are able to arrive.

You can watch the robot in action in this video demo.

[via GIT via RDMag]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



Mini Materials Ultimate Sample Kit

Mini Materials Ultimate Sample Kit

Jonah Hill on His Famous Roles

Jonah Hill on His Famous Roles

The LEGO McDonald’s

The LEGO McDonald’s

Advertisement
Concepts from Future Past: 1967 Lamborghini Marzal

Concepts from Future Past: 1967 Lamborghini Marzal

1966 Shelby GT350H Barn Find is One Sweet Pony

1966 Shelby GT350H Barn Find is One Sweet Pony

2020 Toyota Corolla Revealed: A New Sedan for a New Decade

2020 Toyota Corolla Revealed: A New Sedan for a New Decade