Bristlebots Community Research

On this page we would like to demonstrate how a simple idea like bristlebots can inspire a more complex and diverse concepts. One of our goals of bristlebots is to create a gateway for more students to aspire in the world of sciences and engineering.  

This is a research conducted by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Department of Physics at Harvard University. Main Researcher: Nico Hawley-Weld. Nico Hawley-Weld is a FIRST Robotics alumni of team 1414 and currently working on advanced research project at Harvard University. 

Swarming, swirling and stasis in sequestered bristle-bots

L. Giomi, N. Hawley-Weld and L. Mahadevan​

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Department of Physics, Harvard University, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

The collective ability of organisms to move coherently in space and time is ubiquitous in any group of autonomous agents that can move and sense each other and the environment. Here, we investigate the origin of collective motion and its loss using macroscopic self-propelled bristle-bots, simple automata made from a toothbrush and powered by an onboard cell phone vibrator-motor, that can sense each other through shape-dependent local interactions, and can also sense the environment non-locally via the effects of confinement and substrate topography. .. continue reading