Wave Glider Uses Ocean Power
Now even water robots are self-sufficient. Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider uses the ocean's wave energy to move along so it needs no batteries and or waste the planet's natural resources. Former astronaut and Google employee Ed Lu, chief of innovative applications, says that onboard sensors monitor salinity, plankton activity, pollution or water-based catastrophes like oil spills. It moves at only one and a half knots but can also run on solar power and theoretically can go for years without a break, unless an evil sea creature wants it for dinner.
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at September 21, 2011 11:04 AM