A group of scientists and engineers working out of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory over at MIT have developed a wonderfully realistic robotic fish that doesn't just look like a real fish but also swims like one, making it an excellent tool to get up close and personal with marine life for the purpose of scientific monitoring and study.
Dubbed SoFi, this robotic fish features a soft structure that consists of plastic and silicone rubber, while the interior is fitted with a lithium-polymer battery that works to power the robot's motor. The robot's tail is designed to produce a lateral movement when in motion, making this robotic fish look realistic so it doesn't spook the marine life it's supposed to be observing.
This robotic fish is just the latest and greatest example of biomimicry being adopted into robotic design for the purpose of non-invasive scientific study.
Image Credit: MIT CSAIL