Underwater Robots, now with extra giant squid

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Today the fellas at New Launches dug out not one, not two, but three underwater robots based on actual sea creatures. The squid robot (video) and plane (video) (which is not strictly a fish but does somewhat resemble an anemic manta) are more on the conceptual side, but the fish robot (video) actually does look like a brightly dotted cartoon fish. Each has different properties enabling it to peruse parts of the ocean objectionable to us soft, oxygen-loving humans. The squid, for instance, is ideal for going into narrow trenches, while the fish has a CCD mount enabling it to take high-res pictures of the ocean floor. All devices were on display at Kobe University, at the first annual underwater robotics festival. [GT]

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Gabrielle Taylor