In wake of the disastrous cruise ship crash off the Italian coast, a group of researchers is utilizing their water-bound robot to test the waters for pollutants.
Laser scanners, GPS sensors, and sonar compasses help navigate the robot in diverse water scenarios and prevent collisions above and below the water. Information about the water’s properties is sent instantaneously to supervisors via a wireless computer network. HydroNet’s creators, from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, say it could provide real time analysis of oil slicks and contamination for environmental authorities.
With an area as vast as the ocean, aquatic robots like the HydroNet could help with pollutant detection and clean up. In what other areas do you see robots helping us take care of the environment?
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