And so it begins.....Robotic fish released into Port Gijon in northern Spain
Stephen Duffin - Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 | 8:55PM (PT)
Robotic fish to check for pollutants.
The waters of Port Gijon in Spain are to be introduced to robotic fish soon.
Scientists are building a school of robotic fish in order to check on the quality of the water. Fashioned after carp, the fish are to be lifelike in appearance and swimming mannerisms so they will not frighten the other aquatic animals.
The robots are equipped with tiny chemical sensors capable of detecting pollutants in the water. The fish were developed by the University of Essex in Britain, and a UK-based engineering consultancy called BMT Group. They are the result of a three year research project funded by the European Commission.The fish are autonomous -- meaning they go and swim freely like regular carp in the port, rather than being controlled remotely. They run on batteries that are recharged every eight hours, or when the fish automatically return to a charging station.