MIT’s ‘SoFi’ Robot Mimics Real Fish

Published by , May 14, 2018 1:22 pm

(DogoNews) MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Soft Robotic Fish, aka SoFi, may uncover undersea secrets that have eluded humans for centuries. The white remote-controlled robot mimics real fish, complete with a flexible tail that flicks from side to side and two “fins.” Though not the first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) created to monitor the oceans, SoFi resolves many of the issues that have hindered the usefulness of previous robots.
CSAIL director Daniela Rus and her team used sound waves rather than having to tether SoFi. The ultrasonic technology can travel greater distances allowing drivers, using a modified, waterproofed Super Nintendo controller, to pilot SoFi from up to 50 feet away. SoFi can freely move around the ocean and maneuver like a real fish. A controller fitted with a smartphone lithium polymer battery powers the robot through the ocean, unhindered by tethers or propellers.

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