This robot water snake hunts down pollution
The Envirobot can navigate bodies of water autonomously or over a planned route.
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — Researchers in Switzerland have developed a 4-foot-long pollution-tracking robotic water snake.
The "Envirobot" comprises several special-purpose modules, which constitute it's eel-like design, according to a press release on the l'École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne website.
The purpose of the modules are twofold. First, each has a small electric motor that lets the robot swim like a water snake. Secondly, each segment has a unique sensor for gathering different data and measurements.
More modules can be added as needed. The robot can swim on a route, or make its own way through a body of water to find the source of pollution, a researcher explains in the EPFL news release.
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