Robotic fish to be released to test pollution in our water
Robot fish are set to be released into rivers, lakes and seas around the world as part of a three year project based in Spain, that will help scientists determine the level of pollution found in the water.
The fish will move like a real fish does, but is equipped with sensors to detect pollution in the water. They will then transmit their data throughWi-Fi when they rest to 'charge their batteries' about every eight hours.
It has been funded by the European Commission and co-ordinated by BMT Group Ltd, an independent engineering and risk management consultancy.
Rory Doyle, senior research scientist at BMT Group, described the project as a "world first", adding that scientists involved in designing the fish were using "cutting-edge" methods to detect and reduce water pollution
The fish cost around twenty thousand pounds each and are about the size of a seal. They can swim at a rate of one metre per second.
These fish will do a similar job to these robot fish that track oil spills.