RoboJellys (Robotic Jellyfish) Could One Day Patrol the Oceans, Clean Oil Spills, and Detect Pollutants
Nope, this isn’t science fiction. This is 4 years in the making (with several years to go) where Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers and multiple universities are collaborating and focusing on understanding the fundamentals of “propulsion mechanisms” utilized by nature. The robotic creatures are called RoboJelly are being designed to operate on their own energy versus, say, sea crabs, or mollusks. The robots could be used to study aquatic life, map ocean floors, monitor ocean currents, monitor water quality, monitor sharks,” said Alex Villanueva of St-Jacques, New-Brunswick, Canada, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering working under Priya. Other ideas: Detecting ocean pollutants, to, possibly, being used as clean-up filters during another oil spill similar to the Deepwater Horizon melee during the summer of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. I don’t think I’ll mind seeing one of those in the line-up. For more information, click HERE
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