Posted on October 8, 2005 by

London Aquarium Autonomous Fish Robot Exibit

The London Aquarium has a new exhibit seems to be baffling to both adults and children alike. The new exhibit contains fully autonomous, thinks and makes decisions for itself; not controlled by remote, robotic carp. The “robofish” are about 50cm long, 15cm high and 12cm wide (20in by 6in by 5in), and covered with bright scales that reflect light. The fish are outfitted with several sensors that allow to understand their surroundings as well as more life-like swimming and sharp turning.

Biologically inspired by the common carp, the new designs can avoid objects and swim around a specially designed tank entirely of their own accord.

This new kind of cyber-fish took three years to develop, by a team of scientists from Essex University.

Future generations may be used for seabed explorations, detection of leaks in oil pipelines, or even as spies.

Although robotic fish have been investigated for the last 10 years or so, the creators of the new models claim theirs are the smartest yet.

After spending a few hours at the Bass Pro Shops in Vaughn Ontario last year the fish do look like very convincing swimmers. You can watch a few videos of the fish in action from the aquariums press day, complete with screaming British children obnoxiously slapping the glass. Theres even a robotic fish in the tank sans the fish-like exterior.

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