Robocarp: Mecha Fish to Track Oil Spills
Jordan Yerman | June 11, 2008 at 08:33 amby
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Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have developed a new type of robotic fish which moves through the water as a real fish does: with fins. Such locomotion makes the mechafish more energy-efficient and maneuverable. But that's not all: these fish-bots can communiate with each other via sonar-like pings, though the developers are working on a more advanced communications system.
By mimicking a fish's natural propulsion mechanics these "autonomous fin-actuated underwater vehicles" are able to swim in any direction, make tight turns, and even go backwards, researchers say. The university is testing three of the vehicles in an indoor freshwater tank equipped with a four-camera tracking system to supplement data collected by onboard sensors.
Drone maker iRobot today announced plans to work with the University of Washington on an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, or AUV, called Seaglider.
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