Here is a story about a unique robot able to harvest energy from the environment. Using a patented system of cables and fins, the robot is able to use waves in the ocean to propel itself through the water. There is a diagram explaining the system at the Liquid Robotics website. Wave Glider has so many possible applications that it is difficult to list them all, but a few of the missions this bot can carry out are environmental sensing, monitoring whales, and collecting ocean surface data. Read the article below for more on this amazing robot. Could a land-based robot do the same sort of thing and draw its power from the environment? Let me know what you think.
Liquid Robotics: Wave-powered robots serving diverse missions
SYS-CON Media (press release) (blog)
Liquid Robotics produces a wave-powered robot called the Wave Glider. This unmanned maritime vehicle (UMV) holds great promise in enhancing human understanding of the oceans, which will enable us to be better stewards of the essential resources it ...
Liquid Robotics: Wave-powered robots serving diverse missions - SYS-CON Media (press release) (blog)
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:02:21 GMT