June 18, 2008

OSP Modules Clean Up Oil Spills


We are always pleased when we hear that bots are being used to help clean up the environment, and the OSP is proof of this. Think of it as a Roomba on steroids. Designer Ji-hoon Kim has created modular oil-cleaning robots that, because of their minute size, can be transported to an oil spill by boat or helicopter. Powered by solar panels and controlled by algorithms, the mini-bots connect up and and contain the spill so that human clean-up teams can do the rest. Although this is still in the prototype stage, we hope this is one that has enough funding to make it a reality.

Via Yanko

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 18, 2008 8:00 PM
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