As part of the SHOAL group's BMT program, researchers developed a robotic fish equipped with artificial intelligence. The robot fish is able to detect and identify the pollution of aquatic areas.
To complete the project, the team had to focus mainly on five points:
- the chemical analysis of the water
- underwater communication in order to monitor the progress of the robot
After finding hitech solutions for these points, the robot fish was finally introduced into the water. The chemical evaluation is done through sensors that allow the analysis of water in real time with the consequent transmission of data. Before robot fish, conventional analyzes included numerous phases ranging from water withdrawal, transport to the laboratory and the actual analysis. Furthermore, the water sample taken could not always give reliable results.
The endowment of aartificial intelligence it was a sticking point. L'artificial intelligence allows robotic fish to solve multiple problems, the most important of which is the recognition of polluting source. Other functions of theartificial intelligence provide for the possibility of maintaining a communication distance between other fish, detecting the GPS coordinates of the pollution zones and, finally, returning to its base.
THE robotic fish they are able to detect their exact position and follow a certain direction, collect samples and communicate each passage to the base, all in real time. They are designed to integrate with the marine environment without interfering with the balance of the ecosystem. The SHOAL group spent £ 20,000 on the production of its first robot fish but given the success of the first tests, we are thinking of making the commercial product with more accessible prices for public or private entities interested in water monitoring.
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