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Sea Turtle Robot Will Swim Autonomously

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mrdon
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Re: Autonomous
mrdon   10/23/2012 1:13:20 PM
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Hi Ann, Your quite welcome. I had a similar conversation with my Control Systems class last night on not only the autonomous attributes but social interaction of robotics. Showed a couple of You Tube videos on Rodney Brook's ReThink Robotics Baxter and his early work on Cog at MIT's Artifical Lab.

How Baxter Works:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXOkWuSCkRI

Cog:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfKJ9IFBL54

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Re: Autonomous
Ann R. Thryft   10/23/2012 1:43:14 PM
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Thanks, mrdon. Baxter is definitely an interesting development in social robotics. We've covered robots that interact with people in several types of environments:
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=251275
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=251721
and more at the links at the end of the second article listed.

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Sea Turtle Robot
William K.   10/29/2012 7:03:35 PM
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I can see a large number of applications for the sea turtle robot, even more if it can be dressed to give the same sonar signature as a real turtle. A group of them could attach mines to an entire fleet of enemy vessels without raising any alarm. And that is just the most obvious task.

They could also be very useful in the commercial fishing business, and in a lot of underwater investigations, since they are undoubtedly quite stable.  

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Re: Sea Turtle Robot
Ann R. Thryft   10/30/2012 11:49:57 AM
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I agree--I think this design, as well as robotic fish, could compete well against more clunky-moving unmanned underwater vehicles UUVs) and do a good job of reconnaissance, chemical monitoring, and other such tasks that UUVs are designed for.

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Castaways
tekochip   10/30/2012 7:48:49 PM
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Maybe they could even rescue stranded castaways.

William K.
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William K.   10/30/2012 8:37:42 PM
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The castaways that are currently available for rescue are undoubtedly being paid far to much to consider accepting a rescue. Although if it were rehearsed as much as the rest of those shows it might possibly be quite interesting.

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