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  • 03.23.09

Wi-Fi Robot Fish Sniff Pollution in Spanish Seas

A Blade Runner trope come to life: British engineers BMT Group, in partnership with Essex University, have plans to release a trial school of five robotic carp into the waters off northern Spain. The fully autonomous, five-foot-long, battery-powered "fish" move at a maximum rate of 1 meter per second and transmit information from onboard pollution sensors via Wi-fi. 

Robot Fish

A Blade Runner trope come to life: British engineers BMT Group, in partnership with Essex University, have plans to release a trial school of five robotic carp into the waters off northern Spain. The fully autonomous, five-foot-long, battery-powered “fish” move at a maximum rate of 1 meter per second and transmit information from onboard pollution sensors via Wi-fi. 

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Robot Fish

The biomimicking design is intended to make them more energy-efficient–their otherworldly and gorgeous appearance is a byproduct.

Beijing University has its own remote-controlled robot fish project, designed for underwater archaeology, mapping, aquaculture and fishing. IBM has developed some sensor-linked “autonomous underwater vehicles” too as part of its Great Rivers project. 

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via Reuters;

via Technovelgy

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