Michigan State University electrical engineer, Xiaobo Tan, is using inspiration from nature in developing robotic fish, a new approach to monitoring water quality. These robotic fish use artificial muscles instead of motors or gears to move through water with the speed and agility of real fish.
Tan eventually hopes to have schools of robotic fish swimming in coordination just like real fish, while collecting and transmitting water quality data. Applications for robotic fish will include detecting oil spills and harmful bacteria, tracking pollution, and much more.
Read the full story at Scientific American.
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