The authors aim at designing, prototyping and validating a new generation of ICT hardware and software technologies bio-inspired from trees, called TREEBOT, endowed with distributed sensing, alternators and intelligence for tasks of recovering renewable energy. TREEBOT takes inspiration from, and aim at reproducing, the flexibility, resistance and adaptation capabilities of trees. The tree robot will be composed of a network of sensorized and actuated roots, branches and leaves, displaying rich sensing and coordination capabilities as well as energy-efficient actuation and high sustainability, typical of the trees. Each tree branch and leave will consist of a robotic artefact that comprises sensors, actuators, alternators, control units, and by an elongation zone that mechanically connects the apex and the trunk of the robot.
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