Robo Fish Cleaning Up the Crap We Throw Into Our Lakes!


So, what's been up with our watery environment as of late?

Well, there's a dirty rumor floating around that our lakes are not only filled with various types of fish.

It's also filled with various types of trash and other rubbish waste!


Good question, that leads to a simple answer...

It's because people have been throwing their junk into the water!

And over time, all of that trash is now starting to rear its ugly head.

More so, are those put directly into harm's way.

And if you're thinking of us (in terms of drinking water) you're only partially right.

Yeah, we're affected no doubt, given the number of carcinogenic elements found in our waters.

The other ones we need to think about is aquatic life that has to deal with the crap we toss into the water.

And by this, I'm talking about the fish (and other sea creatures) in the water, some of which we need as food to survive!

But fear not enviro advocate, there's a new breakthrough way to help cling and remove trash all done by the effort of robo fishes!

What in the World is a Robo Fish?

Image Credit: Chris Burns (YouTube)

It's a special type of fish (of course, I'm placing that statement mildly!)

Well... Not quite so "life-like" type of fish, but fishy in its own right.

The direct term this group of aquatic creatures fall under is bionic swimming lure fish.

And yes, the basic purpose they serve is stated below in the bulletin list:

  • High resolution body detail.
  • 3D lifelike eyes.
  • It has 2 strong and edgy treble hooks.
  • Caudal Fin
  • Pectoral Fin
  • Dorsal Fin Camera (left and right eye)
  • LED Lights (Bluetooth blue, near rear fin)
  • Life-like swimming actions in water to provoke predators to bite.   
  • Smooth and rapid diving action. 
  • Specially for pike and muskie, wonderful tools for fishing lovers.
  • Durable ABS material contributing to its long service and usage.

One of the purposes they were designed for was to attract other fish.

No doubt fishermen will love using them, because it results in a much shorter day NOT having to cling to a fishing pole 24/7!

Although, that's not the only thing they were designed to do...

That trash growing in the lake problem I mentioned momentarily, still needed to be eliminated!

And the Robo Fish is the key to resolving this mounting issue.  

But how?

It's because of the bionic fish's fin design that's how. 

Although, the makeup and ingenuity behind them is quite dynamic!

Surely people want to know a bit more behind the genius of it, so continue on reading to find how they came to be!

Robo Fish Were Designed for Janitorial Duty!

Image Credit: Chris Burns (YouTube)

That's seemingly the bigger purpose behind these bionic autonomous fish bots.

Other than that, is the latter purpose which I stated earlier was to lure in fish for an easy catch and underwater exploration.

The other ideas came from Radhika Nagpal and her team of Wyss Institute engineers. 

This group of innovators came up with the creation known as the Blue Swarm Project.

The greater intention (and this is just my opinion) behind these Robo Fish will be to help dispose of waste contaminants in the water.

Keep in mind that this is a different angle from Nagpal and her team is doing, unless they are planning on entering into the field of marine sanitation services.

As of now, Nagpal and her team are using the fish to locate various underwater terrain (something both land Wi-Fi and GPS systems are severely limited in doing.)

Future plans are in the making for these Bluetooth operated fish-tailed sea critters.

Speaking of which... 


Here are a few details listed in the bulletin about their Bluetooth and other capabilities:

  • Robo Fish will operate by implicit coordination (or a Robo Fish unit can survey what the other one is doing and can mimic their actions based upon decision making.)
  • Every Bluebot (Robo Fish), will have a one-side body camera on their right and left side. They will also have three Blue LED Lights to provide visual feedback to researchers.
  • This will also simplify the fish's movements within smaller 3-dimensional areas where air and water are housed. It will also help to resolve sensory feedback issues.
  • A redlight sequence used by researchers can be used to attract the attention of one Robo Fish. In return, it can transmit the signal to another nearby group of Robo Fish (this is known as the dispersion algorithm) to enact an organized exploration mission.
  • When a Robo Fish light flashes it means it (as well as other nearby fish with flashing lights) will enact what's called the aggregation procedure. This is what orchestrates the entire school of fish decision making prompts that they will then follow and carry out.
  • They can swim and maneuver within the water up to 8 times the speed of its initial swimming speed (whether that means they can swim that much faster than an actual fish I can't say.)
  • They will seek out light areas as part of their exploration capabilities.
  • The mind-blowing part to all of this, is their ability to adapt and carry out orders given by the user to program them to conduct whatever underwater task necessary!
  • Last but not least… They’re composed of a tough durable texture, and they range in various sizes, small being the obvious (which enables them to enter into compact areas underwater with ease!) 

So, I'm sure the military could find much use for them. 

Obviously, that's a hint at the possibility that they could be used as underwater surveillance lookout scouts!



Final Takeaway

This is a major breakthrough that can be used for a most important prime objective.

Which is cleaning up behind humans that mindlessly toss trash into the water, as if it's a gigantic open-water sea dumpster!

That's something even the local garbage collector wouldn't stand a chance when trying to collect any of the crap underwater (not even with the world greatest water shop vac around!)

This would be the perfect job for the Robo Fish.

Make no mistake that these are the ones made for exploration.

There are other used for the garbage collecting tasks (in which they just float around and garbage sticks to their bodies as they float through the water).

Maybe the next step will be to use the Bluebots to perform the cleanup task with more efficiency.

If they can remove harmful waste contaminants from our lakes, could result in better quality drinking water!

Plus, they could help lower the chances of cancer agents found in oceanic environments (carcinogenic elements are known for that) and thus, improve health of millions in the process.

That also includes a healthier marine ecosystem which would be excellent for aquatic life to dwell and live in.

Now that sounds like a novel idea.

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