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(Robotics) Robosalmon and SHARCs

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posted on Dec, 1 2006 @ 05:46 PM
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RoboSalmon, an underwater robot meant to spy on the real fish,
is being developed at Glasgow University.

RoboSalmon has a built-in camera to broadcast images of real
fish back to the operators of the device.
Zoologists will use RoboSalmon to monitor various fish species
in their natural habitat.

A key feature of RoboSalmon is its propulsion system.
Since the robot will use its fins and tail for movement, it will be
able to move through the water in a way that is more natural
for aquatic creatures.
Propellers make an unnatural noise that disturbs fish;
RoboSalmon's biomimetic characteristics should help it blend in.

Robot evolution (biomimetic or not) does not follow the course
of natural evolution.
It turns out the the RoboSalmon is a direct descendant of the
SHARC (Submersible Hybrid Autonomous Rover Craft).
The SHARC was also designed as a biomimetic system, using its
tail to move around.


SOURCE:
TechNovelgy.com


A nifty robot, that will help further our understanding
of fish and the aquatic world.


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posted on Dec, 1 2006 @ 08:22 PM
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Its cute, and I think a pretty good idea, nice find Iori_komei


I wonder tho if it would have reationary reflexes like a fish programed into its CPU so that an outside disturbance affects the school it can follow the rest of the fish as well?

I mean it actualy makes sense because we developed the plane to mimic birds why not develop something that mimics fish. I know theres subs out there but they dont have tails that wiggle to produce propulsion just the screw.



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