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The Ants run off of a single 2.4 volt Nickel-Cadmium rechargeable battery. Depending on the software, each robot runs for about 20 minutes. Although that doesn't sound very long, it is usually enough time to get very frustrated or very happy, again depending on the software.

Battery Voltage Sensor

This sensor give the robots an idea of how "tired" they are. With a full charge, battery voltage is about 2.5 volts. When the voltage drops below 1.5 volts, the robots are pretty much dead. They have recharging circuitry built-in so that in the future they will be able to go recharge themselves automatically. Right now, however, they need to be manually attached to the recharger.

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