Robots that can move over land andswim in the water, no one is surprised. Most of them are equipped with propeller-type propellers, which, with rapid rotation, can injure land and sea inhabitants. Apparently, engineers still have work to do, which researchers from McGill and Pennsylvania Universities did - they presented the Aqua2 robot, which uses its safe for the surrounding paws both for movement and for swimming under water.
Commercial implementation of the robot took the companyIndependent Robotics, which in 2013 already demonstrated a similar robot called RHex. In contrast, the new device weighing 16.5 kilograms can work on one charge for about 5 hours in a row, and sink to a depth of 36.5 meters. It is noteworthy that he is able to work both autonomously and guided by the commands of the remote operator.
Our flipper-based mechanism is much quieter and safer for marine life, ”explained one of the robot developers.
The robot can be used for search and rescueoperations, but the most effective method of application is monitoring the marine environment. Unlike other vehicles, it can be launched not only from a boat, but directly from the coast - it can reach your destination without any problems. The necessary data can then be collected from on-board cameras and sensors.
Only such a robot can affordlarge companies - its cost is impressive $ 110,000. Perhaps someday, engineers will create a cheaper copy of the robot — for example, it may be as affordable as a Doggo robot from students at Stanford University. See how he performs tricks no worse than robots from Boston Dynamics, can be in our material.
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