Saturday, March 24, 2012

Robo Jellies In Waters Near You

Here is something interesting sent in by Dennis from the IB Times.

Scientists and researchers at the Virginia Tech, the University of Texas and other schools are working together to develop the robotic jellyfish.

The schools are working with funds from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. research is underway to develop a robotic RV which is inspired by jellyfish. Whats more the robot powers itself with sea water. Robojelly will use oxygen and hydrogen, which are abundant in seawater, to activate a chemical reaction that will activate its artificial muscles. It seems the jellyfish's swimming action make it an ideal model for the newly invented remote vehicle.

Still in the early stages of research and development, researchers hope that it can be used in various underwater operations.

Yonas Tadesse's, (lead author of the study) paper on Hydrogen-fuel-powered bell segments of biomimetic jellyfish on IOP Science web page here

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