Navigation Links
New robotic fish glides indefinitely
Date:1/16/2013

A high-tech robotic fish hatched at Michigan State University has a new look. A new skill. And a new name.

MSU scientists have made a number of improvements on the fish, including the ability to glide long distances, which is the most important change to date. The fish now has the ability to glide through the water practically indefinitely, using little to no energy, while gathering valuable data that can aid in the cleaning of our lakes and rivers.

Designed and built by Xiaobo Tan, MSU associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his team, the fish is equipped with an array of sensors that not only allow it to travel autonomously, but also measure water temperature, quality and other pertinent facts.

"Swimming requires constant flapping of the tail," Tan said, "which means the battery is constantly being discharged and typically wouldn't last more than a few hours."

The disadvantage to gliding, he said, is that it is slower and less maneuverable.

"This is why we integrated both locomotion modes gliding and swimming in our robot," Tan said. "Such integration also allows the robot to adapt to different environments, from shallow streams to deep lakes, from calm ponds to rivers, with rapid currents."

The robot's ability to glide is achieved through a newly installed pump that pushes water in and out of the fish, depending on if the scientists want the robot to ascend or descend. Also, the robot's battery pack sits on a kind of rail that moves backward and forward, in sync with the pumping action, to allow the robot to glide through water on a desired path.

The robotic fish now has a name: Grace, which stands for "Gliding Robot ACE."

Late last year Tan and his team took Grace for a test drive on the Kalamazoo River, where it exceeded all expectations.

"She swam at three sites along the river and wirelessly sent back sensor readings," Tan said. "I'm not sure, but
'/>"/>

Contact: Tom Oswald
tom.oswald@cabs.msu.edu
517-432-0920
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Kessler Foundation implements Ekso Bionics first commercial robotic exoskeleton
2. Robotic cats, a kitten mummy and a major UK vet gathering
3. Robotic tuna is built by Homeland Security
4. Ben-Gurion University team in prestigious DARPA Robotics Challenge to develop disaster response robot
5. Young gamers offer insight to teaching new physicians robotic surgery
6. Robotic fish research swims into new ethorobotics waters
7. CMU and CTC to develop robotic laser system to strip paint from aircraft
8. Soft Robotics: A groundbreaking new journal on engineered soft devices that Interact with Living Systems
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New robotic fish glides indefinitely
(Date:4/17/2014)... the Cell Press journal Current Biology on ... novel sex lives. The Brazilian insects, which represent four ... , are the first example of an animal with ... identified in several different animals, Neotrogla is ... also reversed," says Kazunori Yoshizawa from Hokkaido University in ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... are chock full of wild animals and plant life, ... fungi are churning away in the soil, decomposing organic ... the vital role these fungi play in ecological systems, ... team of scientists has generated a genetic map of ... The work was published this week in the ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... about domestication derive from Charles Darwin, whose ideas ... practices during the 19th century, a period when ... It is from Darwin that we inherit the ... from wild species and total human control over ... in this industrial setting has been applied too ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):In sex-reversed cave insects, females have the penises 2Stanford biologists help solve fungal mysteries 2Stanford biologists help solve fungal mysteries 3The story of animal domestication retold 2The story of animal domestication retold 3The story of animal domestication retold 4
... dependent on the sun. Sunlight does not only supply ... So-called photoreceptors activate the processes of germination, leaf development, ... component of a photoreceptor may be replaced by a ... effects on complete plants are now described in the ...
... a study about to be published in EPJ E, French ... the behaviour of a thin layer of cells in contact ... fluid or elastic films. Understanding the mechanism by which a ... the layer,s structural integrity, bears great significance because the human ...
... release is available in Spanish . , Due ... region, many experts have claimed that they are millennia old but ... explained to SINC by the ecologist Bernat Claramunt from the Centre ... from this centre has now analysed the ages of the famous ...
Cached Biology News:The millennium-old olive trees of the Iberian Peninsula are younger than expected 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014  Bill Jacobs Automotive, a group of ... teaming up with the Heartland Blood Center and offering free ... The drive takes place Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Bill ... p.m. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140115/MN46637 )  The ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014 Cynvenio, a cancer diagnostics company ... genomic analysis of tumor cells in the bloodstream, today ... cancer decision support application powered by CollabRx, Inc. ... genomic test, Therapy Finder will provide breast cancer patients ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014 A study has been launched ... Formula 1 track could help to tackle the problem of ... Stowhealth (a GP surgery based in Stowmarket) and academics at ... Telemetry technology, which is inspired by equipment used ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014 DTS Language Services, Inc ... Web Portal for Life Science organizations who need document translations. ... subject matter of their documents in advance with a selection ... time-to-delivery of translations, often a critical factor in clinical and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Join the Bill Jacobs Auto blood drive and receive a free oil change 2Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 2Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 2Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 4DTS Improves Efficiency for Life Science Document Translations 2
... proven cost-effective, Genomatica looks to develop demonstration plant ... Genomatica, a sustainable chemicals company, announced today that ... milestone toward the production of commercial grade 1,4-butanediol ... The company has demonstrated that it can ...
... Inc. (Nasdaq: MITI ), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel, ... today announced that it will host a webcast on June 8, ... 6th at the 14th Congress of the European Hematology Association. ... www.micromet-inc.com . , , Forum: ...
... Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LXRX ... vice president, corporate development and chief financial officer. Mr. ... biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in corporate finance, corporate and business ... , Prior to joining Lexicon, Mr. Bansal was chief financial ...
Cached Biology Technology:Genomatica Produces Pure BDO From Natural Sugars 2Genomatica Produces Pure BDO From Natural Sugars 3Genomatica Produces Pure BDO From Natural Sugars 4Micromet to Host Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Blinatumomab Data Presented at EHA on June 8, 2009 2Micromet to Host Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Blinatumomab Data Presented at EHA on June 8, 2009 3Micromet to Host Conference Call and Webcast to Discuss Blinatumomab Data Presented at EHA on June 8, 2009 4Lexicon Names Ajay Bansal Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 2Lexicon Names Ajay Bansal Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 3
RABBIT ANTI SRC-RSV...
SHEEP ANTI FLECAINIDE...
MOUSE ANTI HUMAN B-CELLS (FMC7):FITC Immunogen: HRIK cells - Human B-Lymphoblastoid line...
... use in refrigerators, freezers, or liquid nitrogen. Conveniently sized ... for color coding to project, user, lab, etc. Holes ... cool air circulation. Supplied with 10 x 10 (11.6 ... Box dimensions: 13 x 13 x 5.1 cm H ...
Biology Products: