HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog
Swarming Robots Rescue Coral Reefs
9/18/2012

Coralbots will be trained to distinguish coral fragments from other objects, such as sponges and other sea creatures, as well as rocks and trash.   (Source: Murray Roberts/Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh)
Coralbots will be trained to distinguish coral fragments from other objects, such as sponges and other sea creatures, as well as rocks and trash.
(Source: Murray Roberts/Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 3/3
Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: keep us updated
Charles Murray   9/18/2012 6:31:25 PM
NO RATINGS
Cool story, Ann. I'm curious...what could these swarming robots do to re-build the reefs?

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: keep us updated
Rob Spiegel   9/18/2012 1:18:17 PM
NO RATINGS
Fascinating, Ann. I take it they would rebuild by using broken pieces of coral -- or perhaps supporting coral that is beginning to break. This could be a big deal given that coral reefs are in bad shape all over the globe.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: keep us updated
Ann R. Thryft   9/18/2012 12:36:35 PM
NO RATINGS
I also wish we'd been able to see what they look like. It's worth remembering that the by now famous U of PA's flying robot quadrotor swarm learned to build things https://www.grasp.upenn.edu/success_story/grasp_lab_drones_colbert_report as did a similar swarm in France http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=249645&image_number=2 Building things is what the coral-repairing swarm will do, so it's not hard to imaging that, assuming the robots stay waterproof, they'll be able to rebuild the reefs pretty quickly, especially with enough of them.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: keep us updated
Rob Spiegel   9/18/2012 11:59:45 AM
NO RATINGS
It will be interesting to see what details come out about these swarming robots. I can't imagine how they will be able to rebuild damaged coral in days. If they can, that's great news.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
keep us updated
NadineJ   9/18/2012 11:03:15 AM
NO RATINGS
It's interesting but without any details, it's hard to comment.  Is there any research like this in any other part of the world?  Australia and the US also have endangered coral reefs.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
You've defined Pixar's next movie
TJ McDermott   9/18/2012 10:49:23 AM
NO RATINGS
 

Robots.

Coral Reef.

"WALL-E Finds Nemo"

<<  <  Page 3/3
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and fielded fielded questions on everything from his outlook on the future of technology to who he's rooting for in the Super Bowl.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
The Industrial Internet of Things is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked the demand for wireless devices in process manufacturing, according to the new study from ARC Advisory Group.
Enterprising Tesla Model S owner Steve Sasman seems to have figured out a way of recouping some of the cost on his car by renting the trunk out on AirBnB, the room/house rental website.
Design News Webinar Series
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/10/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 26 - 30, IPv6 for Micros – Hands-On
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  67


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Stratasys
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service