Have you ever been amazed by a TED Talks video? This is one of those. Using principles from the insect world, these robots communicate with each other in ways that allow them to interact and work together. These robots can map 3D spaces, build complex structures out of modular pieces, and even jump through hoops — literally.
This video doesn’t necessarily have a direct-to-classroom ESL application — though I’m sure it would get your students talking — but it is a pretty impressive demonstration of how far this technology has come. With the work that is being done with Microsoft Kinect in the DIY community, I wonder how long before we are building these in our backyard.