Flocks of communicating UAVs: Gridswarms

Imagine a large group of small unmanned autonomous aerial vehicles that
can fly with the agility of a flock of starlings in a city square at
dusk. Imagine linking their onboard computers together across a
short-range, high-bandwidth wireless network and configuring them to
form an enormous distributed parallel computer. Imagine using this huge
computational resource to process the sensory data gathered by the
swarm, and to direct its collective actions. You have now grasped the
idea of a flying gridswarm. Essex University are are working to bring
this vision to reality. more

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