Boffins in­vent Robo-jel­ly­fish

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BOFFINS have cre­ated a ro­botic JEL­LY­FISH which could be used for un­der­wa­ter search and res­cue.

Re­searchers say Robo­jelly ex­hibits char­ac­ter­is­tics ideal to use in un­der­wa­ter res­cues and might never run out of en­ergy thanks to be­ing fu­elled by hy­dro­gen.

Built from a set of smart ma­te­ri­als which have the abil­ity to change shape or size, and car­bon nan­otubes, Robo­jelly is able to mimic the nat­u­ral move­ments of a jel­ly­fish.

The cre­ators of Robo­jelly are based at Virginia Tech in the United States.

The study’s lead au­thor Pro­fes­sor Yonas Tadesse said: “To our knowl­edge, this is the first suc­cess­ful pow­er­ing of an un­der­wa­ter ro­bot us­ing ex­ter­nal hy­dro­gen as a fuel source.”

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