So anyway, I moved house (long story short), meaning that I get to think more clearly, as the house is less cluttered, and the route to work involves crossing less roads.
This morning, I was thinking about my current project – I’m writing a recurrent connectionist network so my new robot can learn to recognise things like grass and rubbish (to cut the former, and remove the latter).
The walk was getting tiring, so I was thinking about segways as well, and wondering how easy it might be to make one.
This eventually evolved into an idea for a new transport system – you get a load of little robots (my gardening ones, for example), and get them to form a platform. Then a load more of them form another platform on top. Then, you stand on the top.
The “carpet” would move in the direction you lean. Of course, the speed wouldn’t be too impressive, but it would be better than walking.
When the lower layer encounters a rock on the road or something, it moves around it. The upper layer robots interlock with each other to allow the lower level bots to do this without having too much pressure from above.
When you reach where you are going, the robots then disperse and continue their gardening around the new area.
You could even form a baggage train using this idea – a few carpet networks would follow each other in marching-ant form.
This would be easier to do than to create a robot which does your gardening for you…