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Elizabeth M
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Re: More sophistication in robot movements
Elizabeth M   5/15/2014 3:56:37 AM
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Ha, yeah, I guess with all of these robotic sea creatures being invented and perhaps one day being used in the ocean for research with other fish, there is a danger of them being caught! Would be quite a shock, especially for some of the salty old fisherman I see here on the coast of southwest Portugal!

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Cabe Atwell   5/14/2014 10:30:44 PM
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Wow, that's freakishly weird the way it moves like that. Indeed, just like a fish. Imagine catching that on your line!

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   5/14/2014 4:55:33 AM
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That sounds like a good application of this technology for sure, Chuck. I think it could really inform a whole host of robotic development and make movements generally more natural for a lot of applications.

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Elizabeth M   5/14/2014 4:52:11 AM
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HarryB, I apologize for the error, you are correct. It is carbon dioxide, not monoxide, that is key to the robot fish technology. I apparently wrote it wrong throughout--an oversight on my part. It will be corrected as soon as possible.

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Charles Murray   5/13/2014 6:31:48 PM
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Cool story, Liz. Disney World could learn something from this technology. One of the weaknesses of Disney's animatronic robots is the stiff-jointed movement. The fish shown in this video has an amazingly real way of moving.

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"Monoxide"
HarryB   5/13/2014 8:38:03 AM
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more likely they meant Carbon Dioxide... which also appears in the text.  Carbon Monoxide is a toxic gas and its unlikely to be used for a purpose like this...

 

Elizabeth M
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More sophistication in robot movements
Elizabeth M   5/13/2014 4:16:39 AM
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We've written a lot about robots modeled on animals but what's most significant about this technology is not so much the fact that researchers used fish as a model. What's interesting in what it represents for the future of robotic design and how robotic movements can be more sophisticated and safer for humans that may work closely with them. No longer are robots clunky machines that need to be caged off from people, but more and more they are becoming fluid and realistic in their movements.



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