I don’t know if any of you have seen the way slime mould uses very simple conservation of energy algorithms to solve quite complex problems such as working out the shortest path through a maze … but now the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton have used slime mould to “drive” a Linux powered robot
The cell, slime mould, shows periodic oscillation which period is typically 100s per cycle. When this cell is placed in a dumbbell-shaped chamber, two circular parts (i.e. ball parts) show synchronised or anti-phase oscillations. An on-board computer (gumstix, a kind of tiny Linux box) and a custom impedance measurement board keep track of the oscillation patterns and then convert them into robot commands.
Other awesome videos of slime mould doing its amazing thing -
To be continued …