Robot red snapper


Engineers at the University of Kitakyushu have built this red snapper robot. Intended for wildlife surveys, this robot sports an array of sensors as well as a hand painted silicon body. It is decidedly more realistic looking than the Robofish and the Essex University robot fish. They say that the life like construction will aid in getting information about natural behavior of sea animals since it won’t stand out. It features a “unique” propulsion system that allows it to swim like a real fish. More information on that system would be nice. You can see more pictures of it here, but the descriptions are all in Japanese.


The team is also developing a manta ray. We’ll have to be patient though, they haven’t released any media on that one.

Comments

  1. Ahhh, a red snapper. Mmmmm, very tasty.

  2. tommy says:

    @1
    Supplies!!

  3. electricj says:

    so what happens if something tries to eat it? electric shock or something?

  4. 36chambers says:

    The fish will know… they will always know…

  5. Shadyman says:

    snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa eel eel

    snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa snappa oh no a shark! shaaaaaark! shaaaaaaark! a shaaaaark, oooooh, a shaaaark! It’s a…

  6. joel says:

    Methinks you mean silicone (the polymer), rather than silicon (the semiconductor).

    Although fish scales made from tiny wafers would be pretty awesome.

  7. omg its gonna get eaten says:

    This thing is going to get eaten by a bigger fish, great view of a sharks stomach!!!!!!!!!!

  8. aonomus says:

    Silicon or siliconE body? Would be interesting if they tried experimenting with a large group of these designed to communicate and act as a swarm (or school rather).

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