Thursday, 24 May, 2012 Technology

Latest Invention: Robotic Fish Detects Water Pollution


A group of researchers, working on the SHOAL project that was put on by BMT Group and funded by the European Union, are currently carrying out trials of a robotic fish.

The goal of the project is to instantly detect polluted water. It took researchers about 3 years to develop AI, as well as design features, chemical analysis and hydrodynamics. Finally they've come up with a robot that can act like a real fish and record and transmit valuable information about studied waters.

The machine is able to find and monitor different toxins, while dodging various objects, mapping its location and informing about its future path. All of this became possible thanks to a series of sensors that also help the robot remain at a fair distance from the fish.

As soon as the robotic fish detects it is running out of battery power, it will automatically return to the base to recharge, take samples, study their chemical composition, sent the findings to the base and transmit the results to other robotic fish.

[via BBC]

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