18 Feb '15, 1pm

Sea turtle robot will monitor water quality

Sea turtle robot will monitor water quality

We've written a lot about autonomous underwater vehicles, otherwise known as underwater robots, that serve different purposes from tracking marine life and exploring coral reefs to studying Arctic ice . These devices can go places that manned crafts can't and can stay submerged for longer periods of time than manned operations can. As these robots become more sophisticated, scientists can use them to gather information on the health of our oceans and the animals that inhabit them that wouldn't have been possible just a few years ago. Many of these robots are inspired by the propulsion of their natural counterparts like fish, snakes and squid, easily navigating the water. Researchers at the National University of Singapore are developing a tiny sea turtle-inspired robot that pushes its way through water like a real sea turtle does. © National University of Singapore Using o...

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