AutomationThe robots are taking over
Self-driving cars are just the start. Soon robots will be capable of building bridges by themselves or independently assembling computer boards, as the examples of the flying drones at ETH Zurich and the nimble minirobots from SRI International show. At ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Area, autonomous drones fix ropes independently and
weave net-like structures. The flying robots also work excellently as a team. The latter is also a speciality of the microrobots from SRI International, which developed Apple’s Siri voice control, among other things. Dozens of little robots with speeds of up to 35 cm per second can be controlled independently of one another and incredibly precisely on a magnetic circuit board, allowing them to implement multistage production processes from A to Z together. The aim of the research projects supported by the research institute of the American military, DARPA, is to create fully automated, flexible microfactories, for example in the fields of computer electronics or chemical, medical and biological analytics.