I have been working on a model of tripod (going on with my studies about agents and embodiment), directly inspired by robotic arms structure.Each tripod is composed by agents and springs.Each arm (like some models of robotic arm) is made up by struts and ties that gives the tripods its ability of self-sustaining. Each node of the arms is composed by agents that have different ability and functions.This combination gives the tripos the capacity of move , seek ,float, jump, stick together and self organize into larger assemblies. The variation of flocking parameters after clustering ,gives control on morphological and structural organization of the assemblies.I have to say that this model is very nice...it reminds me a lot some sci-fi movies about spiderbots invasion!!
TRIPODS INVASION!! from Paolo Alborghetti on Vimeo.