Robot fish and chips to fight water pollution

Robot fish and chips to fight water pollution

Summary: Five robot fish will swim the Spanish seas as part of an EC-funded project to pinpoint sources of pollution, such as leaks from ships or underwater pipelines

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • The diagram above explains in broad terms how the fishy robot system will work. Strategically located 'charging hubs' replenish the fishes' batteries and collect sensor data via a Wi-Fi connection. Port authorities will then be able to monitor and map pollution events in real time.

  • The robot fish are no tiddlers: they measure 1.5m long and swim at about a metre per second. At £20,000 a go, let's hope they are not so realistic that a passing shark, for example, decides to take an exploratory bite.

    Images of robot fish courtesy of UPPA.

Topic: Emerging Tech


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