The Row-Bot Powers Itself By Eating Water Microbes

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Nov 17, 2015
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The Row-Bot is a prototype robot that is powered by pollutants that it sucks up into its body. The robot is designed to skip across the top of the water in dirty ponds, lakes and other water bodies, where it eats microbes that are then broken down in an artificial stomach to create energy. This energy is then directed towards the noble task of generating power to enable the robot to eat even more bacteria.

This robot could be used in a wide variety of settings. In addition to environmental clean-up, it could also be useful for monitoring projects and remote sensing.

What makes the Row-Bot such a special contraption is the fact that it kills two birds with one stone by using bacteria to power itself, enabling it to remove more bacteria from water bodies. This is an important innovation at a time when water resources are scarce and polluted in many parts of the world.