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Slideshow: Nautical Robots Rule the Waves

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Battar
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Pool robots
Battar   6/26/2012 9:16:06 AM
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Further down the scale are the awimming pool cleaning robots which sweep and vacuum the bottom of your swimming pool (if you're lucky enough to have one...). Designing a robot that can work underwater is not trivial - getting rid of excess heat is a problem, you can't expose a heatsink to the water because it will suffer galvanic corrosion. Keeping water out is another problem, when you have moving or rotating parts passing through a watertight enclosure.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: What a variety of water robots
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.

Ann R. Thryft
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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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Re: What a variety of water robots
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.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: What a variety of water robots
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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Re: Wave Glider
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.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Wave Glider
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.

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Re: What a variety of water robots
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?

 

Redding
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Too Real?
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

 

Rob Spiegel
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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.

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