The technological advancement is changing the outlook towards underwater life. The robots, the size of a grape, is created for easy handling and traveling.
The scientists have explored to space to a greater extent but exploring the oceans in detail still remains. The satellites help scientist get data related to space and oceans. The development of tiny autonomous robots for exploring the deep oceans is on. This robot called “Mini-Autonomous Underwater Explorers” can record 3D images of the deep oceanic waves which are not possible by any other device. The conventional devices provided a view of only the current location whereas the miniature robot helped view almost 16 places at the same time.
The robots are grapefruit shaped (cylindrical) with an antenna on one end and measurement instrument on the other end.
According to Research Oceanographer Jules Jaffe of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the study of the plankton’s ecology depends on the ocean currents and is proved using M-AUEs. The real-time 3D view of the ocean’s internal wave dynamics and water density is possible using these robots, which move back and forth owing to the ocean currents. The robots help track the toxins in the oils spilled in the oceans. The robots have microphones which capture the sounds made by whales, dolphins, and others deep in the oceans.
Even though large-scale production hasn’t yet started, but definitely it can answer the questions about the oceans. The cost-effective next-generation robot development is being planned for the near future.