The Naro-Tartaruga is an Efficient Aquatic Automaton

 - Oct 8, 2012
References: engadget
From Swiss Maker ETH Zurich, the Naro-Tartaruga is a turtle-inspired aquatic machine designed to transport cargo and swim efficiently.

In its current design phase, the autonomous robot is a cylindrical aluminum vessel with flippers with a top speed of about seven knots, making it significantly faster than any real-life sea turtle.

The torso houses the battery, sensors and other components required for autonomous function and each fin has three actuators that allow for three-dimensional movement in the water.

The main goal of the Naro-Tartaruga project is to determine if flapping fins provide a more efficient swimming mechanism than traditional propeller design. If it wins, it could provide a model for future generations of underwater autonomous vehicles.