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Field programmable robot arrays (FPRAs) are micro-robots with onboard reconfigurable logic. We assume MEMS-based micro-robots like those developed by Donald et al. as a foundation to build FPRAs. We present architecture of the FPRA which has the following components: MEMS scratch-drive-actuator (SDA) micro-robot, LEDs with matching photo sensors, electrical docking ports and onboard programmable logic array of a new kind called field programmable one-hot arrays (FPOHAs). SDAs need an intermittent power supply. We present a hardware solution to powering the FPOHA (from the intermittent supply to the FPRA) and a parallax algorithm which is used to achieve docking of robot arrays, after which the FPOHA may be retasked.
Date of Conference: 9-11 Dec. 2009