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A robotic jellyfish. Go figure.
Cyro is a human-sized jellyfish robot developed by team of researchers at Virginia Tech College of Engineering, headed by Shashank Priya. They modeled it on one of the world’s largest jellyfish, Cyanea capillata (AKA lion’s mane jellyfish). Cyro is a larger version of Virginia Tech’s human hand sized RoboJelly.
“Jellyfish make great models for self-powered and autonomous bots partly because of their relatively low metabolic rate, meaning they can move through the sea on little energy. They also come in various sizes and inhabit a range of aquatic habitats from shallow coastal areas to the deep-sea, meaning engineers have plenty to work with when looking for a mimic for particular uses” (source: LiveScience).
|Weight||170 lbs. (77 kg)|
|Length||5.6 ft. (1.7 m)|
|Function||Prototype for self-powered, autonomous robots that monitor the seas, map the seafloor and even reveal secrets of marine life|
|Development Stage||Second generation prototype developed at the university level.|
|Unique Features||SubmersibleVertical lift: moves from 8-feet-deep (2.4 m) to the surface with five complete pulsing motions.
Cyro uses an upward swimming motion for propulsion. Linear actuators move radially from an outward position in toward the center that create pulsing motions of the artificial mesoglea, or the gelatinous substance that makes up the jellyfish’s skin.
“Or you can use the SandFlea.”
The SandFlea looks like the RC car most kids would love to play with because, in addition to cruising around the yard, it can jump 30 feet into the air, high enough to clear a wall, on to a roof of a house, up the stairs, or though a second story window. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.
Sand Flea is funded by the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force and scheduled to undergo safety and reliability checks at the Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC). If it passes evaluation, several will be field tested in Afghanistan, where US military currently uses more than 2,000 robots.
|Weight||11 lbs. (5 kg)|
|Speed||3.4 mph (5.5 km/h)|
|Jump Height||3-30 ft. (1-8 m)|
|Camera resolution||1280 x 960|
|Battery life||2 Hours|
|Kinetic energy||25 Jumps|
|Operating Environment||Tolerant of humidity, salt, oil, and sand|
|Intended use||Ruggedized reconnaissance robot|
|Unique Features||It is equipped with|
|Onboard gyro stabilization system to assist in-flight (a) orientation, (b) video quality, and (c) controlled landings,|
|Laser guided the launching,|
|Launching piston used for the jump fires out the back of the robot and is powered by CO2,|
|Wheels designed to cushion the shock of landing.|
For more information visit http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_sandflea.html.
See Death Has No Shadow for fictional acrobatic-mechs in action.