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Picture the Olympic Games — except instead of human athletes, the competitors are all insect-sized robots.
That's the scenario proposed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), representatives said in a statement. The group is seeking innovative designs for robots that measure just a fraction of an inch, and the tiny bots will compete against each other in a series of contests of strength, speed and agility — similar to those that try the limits of human achievement in the Olympics.
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SHRIMP will research and develop novel solutions for powering small robots, and will investigate new materials that could improve the robots' performance without significantly increasing their size or heft. And to test how well the robots can perform, SHRIMP will put them through their paces in "an Olympic-style evaluation," with performances demonstrating their maneuverability, dexterity and mobility, according to the statement.
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