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KAIST builds shredder-bots to fend off jellyfish swarms

Posted: 10 Oct 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:KAIST? jellyfish? robots? fishing industry?

A recent report from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) stated that the increasing population of jellyfish is currently causing a great deal of damage to the fishing industry. Accidents and fishing losses have been reported to reach around $27 billion.

To reduce the damage done by the jellyfish, KAIST has developed autonomous jelly shredding robots. Named JEROS, the floating platforms can funnel the jellies into their drive propeller, shredding them into mincemeat. The robots are also equipped with a vision system that can locate and target the jellyfish.


The JAROS patrolling in formation.
Source: KAIST.

A recent enhancement to the platoon of JAROS units is the ability to swim in formation, allowing for a more efficient mincing of dangerous intruders. KAIST notes that these developmental platforms also hold potential for other uses such as waste detection and removal as well as monitoring oil spills.

- Caleb Kraft
??EE Times

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