Robot jellyfish fuelled by hydrogen
Robojelly Fig. A is the computer design for Robojelly. Fig. B is the silicone bell Robojelly, powered by hydrogen fuel, out of the water. The pins on the bell are used for deformation. Tadesse et al/IOP Publishing A new robotic jellyfish is powered by hydrogen, and could theoretically never run out of energy as it pulses through the sea. It's designed to work as a search and rescue or surveillance 'bot for the U.S. Navy. Researchers at Virginia Tech have been studying the mechanisms of jellyfish propulsion, which take place in a couple of ways. Muscles inside the jellyfish bell contract, and the bell folds in on itself like a closing umbrella. This contraction pushes water out from under the bell, propelling the jellyfish forward. The bell regains its ovoid shape when the muscles relax, and the cycle repeats. Creating a soft robot that can mimic this motion requires special materials - rigid skeletal structures can't replicate the graceful flexing of an invertebrate. To do this, lead researcher Yonas Tadesse
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Tue 20 Mar 12 from ABC Science
Engineers in the US say they have invented a hydrogen-powered robot that moves through water like a jellyfish.
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Tue 20 Mar 12 from Phys.org
Depicted in the video above is Robojelly–an underwater robot created by a research team at the University of Texas that is going to be used in rescue efforts as well as surveillance. In ...
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Wed 21 Mar 12 from Popular Science
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