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The researchers from Virginia Tech College of Engineering unveiled an autonomous robot jellyfish.
The huge jellyfish has 170 pounds weight and 5 foot 7 inches length. The prototype robot, named by Cyro, is the larger model of a jellyfish robot, which unveiled in 2012. The earlier robot, has the size of man’s hand. These two robots belong to the same project, which fund is approximately $5 million. The purpose is to place the self-powering autonomous robots for surveilling the environment of aquatic life. The jellyfish autonomous robot is attractive candidate, because of its ability to consume little energy than other marine species. Also, the robot inhabits every oceanic area of the world and capable to stay in any range of temperatures in fresh and salt waters. The most species were found in coastal water, but some species were found in depths 7000 meters below sea level. The researchers hope to improve the swimming performance by reducing the power consumption. Also the researchers hope, that the Cyro will help them to understand the propulsion scheme of scaling the sizes of such animal. The autonomous robot Cyro has a rechargeable nickel metal hydride battery. The experiments was conducted on powering jellyfish with hydrogen. The Cyro has availability to swim autonomously while maintaining a physical appearance. Also the Cyro is able to collect, store, analyze and communicate sensory data. This operations is a big step in the demonstrating the use of these creatures. The body of jellyfish consists from a rigid support structure, which works with electric motors. The motors control the mechanical arms, which are used in conjunction with a mesoglea and are creating hydrodynamic movement. The researchers hope, that with the Cyro jellyfish autonomous robot they will be able to find many secrets of nature.
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