New Robotic “fish” may help you in reducing the pollution of water

Robotic FishEuropean scientists have developed a robot “fish” and moved it to the sea in a test at the northern Spanish port of Gijon on Tuesday.

This robotic fish is about five feet in length (1.5 meters) and can move for about eight hours. It has sensor-laden bots, which make it to swim just like the real animal. They can transmit readings up to a kilometer away from the station.

“Chemical sensors fitted to the fish permit real-time, in-situ analysis, rather than the current method of sample collection and dispatch to a shore based laboratory,” said Luke Speller, a scientist at British consultancy BMT Group who led the project.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]This robotic fish can be sent to the depths or to contaminated waters and has effectively reduced the time to detect pollutants from weeks to seconds. It can also pick up the pollutants coming out of ships and/or undersea pipes. The fish has been facilitated with the ability to communicate with each other and to determine and avoid obstacles. They can map out the surroundings and can return back to the station before the eight hours battery go down.

It can be used not only for cleaning up oil spills, but also for underwater security, diver monitoring and search and rescue operations.

Cost of this robotic fish is about $32,000 (or £20,000 or PKR 2,937,184) and it will be sold to water companies, port authorities, aquariums and anyone who wants to monitor quality of water.

This project has been partially funded by EU and drew on expertise from the University of Essex and the University of Strathclyde in Britain, Ireland’s Tyndall National Institute and Thales Safare, a unit of Europe’s largest defense electronics group, Thales, which was responsible for the communication technology.

Source: Reuters

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