May 4, 2009

SHOAL To Keep EU Water Clean

SHOAL is an interesting idea. They are robot fish with chemical sensors that sniff out and report pollution in harbors and rivers in Europe. Their creators believe that they will be more efficient and less expensive than humans, who sometimes don't know until after the pollution has wreaked havoc. The first will be released in the Port of Gijon, in northern Spain. The three-year research project will begin next summer, moving near sewage pipes and underneath ships and will communicate via WiFi. We just hope the military doesn't catch wind of it.

Huosheng Hu, the head of the project, says the robotic swimmers are shaped for their ability to avoid danger and move quickly. The video shows a smaller version built for the London Aquarium.

Via Robotics Trends

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 4, 2009 9:06 AM
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