Scientists at the National University of Singapore have developed a turtle-shaped sea robot that is capable of charging its own batteries while at sea. The robot is being developed by a team led by Professor S.K. Panda, who has previously developed various fish-inspired robots.
Like a real turtle, this sea robot is capable of swimming and executing high-speed turns via paddling motions courtesy its front and rear flippers. These locomotive properties make it possible for the robot to descent and ascend without taking on or releasing ballast.
The robot can recharge its battery pack by surfacing and making use of its integrated solar panels to harness energy.
This sea robot could offer a wide range of applications for activities ranging from surveillance and detection of hazardous waste to water quality monitoring.
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