At Harvard, tiny robots ‘swarm’ into shape ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Michael Rubenstein Harvard University researchers have assembled a massive swarm of simple, three-legged robots that can work as team. Michael Rubenstein The robots -- called Kilobots -- can crowd together like a mechanical school of fish to form specific shapes. Michael Rubenstein The full Kilobot collective features 1024 robots. Michael Rubenstein The simple robots each weigh about as much as three nickels and cost $14 in parts. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Harvard research scientist Michael Rubenstein looked over 1000 tiny robots. Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff Rubenstein and Harvard Professor Radhika Nagpal examined the swarm. Michael Rubenstein Five-hundred of the robots self-assembled into a wrench shape. Michael Rubenstein The swarm gathered into the form of a starfish. Michael Rubenstein Kilobots formed the shape of a letter "K." Michael Rubenstein This series of images shows how the robots formed the shapes.