A team of researchers at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Laboratory of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence has created a robotic fish which is able to conduct deep underwater research. The robot named called SoFi can swim with among real fish in the ocean without frightening them.SoFi can investigate the deeps of the oceans without a clinch.
The artificial fish created by MIT is small in size and has a lithium battery with 40 minutes of autonomy
The robot-fish can even move its tail mimicking how real fish swim and is able to fully control its floating capacities. SoFi is the most recent MIT researchers creation and has been announced and detailed in the Science Robotics.
SoFi is capable of conducting, in real-time, a research of the marine ecosystems as it comes packed with cameras and has a flexible body which permits it to get inside complex regions of the seabeds, such as such as coral reefs. SoFi is able to make quick maneuvers and it is very agile, detailed the scientists.
The robot-fish measures only 0.47×0.23×0.18 meters and weighs 1.6 kilograms. Besides, SoFi is powered by a lithium accumulator which has an autonomy of up to 40 minutes.
SoFi, the robot fish, is controlled through the deeps of the oceans with a Super Nintendo controller
Besides SoFi’s tails, which has been designed using flexible plastics and silicone, the robot also has a buoyancy tank which permits it to autonomously and easily control its ability to float. Also, it is packed with a silent propulsion system, which helps mimic better the real fish swimming.
SoFi eyes are cameras that capture images and high-resolution videos which can be streamed live. The scientist can control SoFi through the deeps of the oceans with a Super Nintendo controller.
SoFi, which was already tested on Fiji’s Rainbow Reef, swims thanks to an engine that pumps water inside two chambers located inside its tail, working as the pistons of an engine.
The SoFi robot fish created by MIT researchers will be ideal to investigate the deeps of the oceans.