To detect seabeds, researchers have developed a soft robot. Thanks to a distributed electronic system and flexible actuators, he was able to swim to a depth of more than three kilometers.
To detect seabeds, robots and other vehiclesThe face is designed with extra thick metal shells . The deeper they have to go, the heavier these devices become. A new approach, Calls on To create a more compact and flexible robot. It is capable of moving autonomously at a depth of 3,224 meters.
Researchers take inspiration from this Liparida, slugfish that live in the abyss, and have no external defenses to resist pressure. Electronic elements were separated by distributing themBefore wrapping them . It reduces Due to the pressure at the interface between the components.
A soft body with “muscles”
The robot moves forward with its two wings. For “muscle”, researchers used elastomers, a Dull . A prototype of this system has been successfully tested at a depth of about 11 km. , While the entire robot was able to swim unsupported to a depth of more than three kilometers in the South China Sea.
Despite the success of this first editionResearchers still need to improve it to compete with rigid robots. with 5.19 centimeters per second (0.19 km / h), it is still quite slow. In addition, it is not resistant to currents and can be easily carried away. However, this robot is much cheaper to produce, and once proven can facilitate the discovery of seabeds.