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Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves
6/25/2012

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Festo's AquaPenguin is one of many projects the company has pursued under its Bionic Learning Network. The network's purpose is to use the energy-efficient principles already found in nature and adapt them to automation technology. The AquaPenguin is an autonomous underwater vehicle with penguin-inspired hydrodynamic body contours. Equipped with a 3D sonar system, like that of dolphins, it can communicate with its surroundings and other AquaPenguins, independently orient itself, and navigate. Its torso, head, and tail sections can move in all directions for maneuvering in cramped areas, letting it turn on a dime and swim backwards.   (Source: Festo)
Festo's AquaPenguin is one of many projects the company has pursued under its Bionic Learning Network. The network's purpose is to use the energy-efficient principles already found in nature and adapt them to automation technology. The AquaPenguin is an autonomous underwater vehicle with penguin-inspired hydrodynamic body contours. Equipped with a 3D sonar system, like that of dolphins, it can communicate with its surroundings and other AquaPenguins, independently orient itself, and navigate. Its torso, head, and tail sections can move in all directions for maneuvering in cramped areas, letting it turn on a dime and swim backwards.
(Source: Festo)

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vguinnane
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Re: What a variety of water robots
vguinnane   7/30/2013 11:18:04 AM
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Hi Bob,

I did a quick search on the Internet (formerly DARPA-Net):

·         Technology Transfer | U.S. Army Research Laboratory

www.arl.army.mil › Home › Business

Technology Transfer. ARL's Technology Transfer program has four purposes: Promotes and facilitates the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge and ...

·         VII.B.3. Army Domestic Technology Transfer (ADTT) Program

www.fas.org/man/dod-101/army/docs/astmp/c7/P7B3.htm

3. Army Domestic Technology Transfer (ADTT) Program. There is a long history of technology transfer from in-house Army R&D to commercial applications.

·         DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

www.darpa.mil

Commissions advanced research for DoD. It was founded in response to the surprise Sputnik launch in 1958 and fathered the Internet somewhere along the way. Site ...

 

I did a quick search on darpa.mil for "commercial technology transfer".  The first hit was Small Business Technology Transfer.

Check it out!

Interesting article Ann!

Vince

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Re: What a variety of water robots
Rob Spiegel   12/12/2012 5:33:38 PM
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Island_Al, I would guess the humanoid firefighter is already carrying a weapon. It was probably designed to carry a weapon. The firehose was likely an afterthought.

Redding
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Redding   12/6/2012 12:49:16 PM
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I would sure like to see a Great White get ahold of Aqua-Penguin! I wonder if they thought of this possibility and have some sort of deterrent?

-Ken

 

Island_Al
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Island_Al   12/6/2012 12:20:15 PM
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I just wonder how long it will before the humanoid firefighter will be carrying a weapon instead of a fire hose?

 

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/27/2012 1:11:42 PM
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According to that press release, the Wave Gliders will be aimed at lowering the cost and risks of seismic, subsea and environmental monitoring, tasks it's already done in those and other situations.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   6/26/2012 7:13:24 PM
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Cool. I wonder what Wave Glider's Role would be in oil and gas.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/26/2012 1:06:13 PM
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I agree, Gsmith120. Lately there seems to be a renaissance in robotics development. Most of the big leaps seem to be coming from the military. That's not surprising given the military budget.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/26/2012 1:03:29 PM
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Beth. when I looked at the details--as much as Festo will give--of their jellyfish and penguin robots I was stunned at the quality of the design. Perhaps I shouldn't have been: Festo is known for quality and clearly good design is required for underwater robots, especially autonomous ones. Their utility, at least for surveillance-type apps, seems pretty clear.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/26/2012 12:59:32 PM
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Chuck, I agree--they look so vulnerable, yet are surprisingly rugged. In fact, Liquid Robotics has just formed a separate joint venture company with Schlumberger for oil & gas exploration and production services: http://liquidr.com/files/2012/06/Schlumberger_LiquidRobotics_Joint_Venture.pdf

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Rob Spiegel   6/26/2012 12:57:03 PM
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Ann, it would be wonderful to see the military engage in formal tech transfer programs like the national labs do. The labs have programs to send their R&D out to start-ups -- usually start-ups runs by former lab researchers. It's a great idea to make the taxpayer-financed research available to entrepreneurs. Robotics looks like a perfect candidate for tech transfer.

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