Harvard University scientists have devised a swarm of 1,024 mini robots that behave like a natural swarm, well one consisting of only 1,024 and one instructed by a computer…

The researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in Cambridge, Mass., reported their work Thursday in Science. A group of tiny robots assembles itself into a wrench shapes aswell as shapes a star for instance.

The uses of self-organizing robots could be seen in for instance oil spill cleanups or animal behavioural studies.

It also gives scientists a reason to muck around with robots – got a real job anyone? (only joking…)