Free Trend Report Free 2018 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book.

Keynotes.org Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

Florida Atlantic University has Received Funding from the US Navy

 - Oct 4, 2016
References: pcworld & digitaltrends
Researchers from Florida Atlantic University have developed an aquatic robot prototype that swims in the same way as a knifefish, and those researchers' efforts have led to a grant from the US Navy. The prototype has sixteen individually independent motors that allow it to swim just like its biological counterpart.

The knifefish has a particularly appealing method of swimming compared to other fish because of its serpentine range of motion. Whereas simple aquatic robots with back-mounted propellers or fins are capable of moving forward and turning without much grace, Florida Atlantic University's knifefish bot can immediately switch between forward and backward movement and can dart at sharp angles with far more agility than other robots.

The Navy has funded the project with the hope of building versatile aquatic robots that can access difficult spaces underwater.