Ever imagined tennis ball size robots spread over the oceans for studying the mysteries that the oceans have been hiding for decades and centuries beneath them? You know what, no need to imagine because they are already a reality now. Yes, a study has revealed that miniature robots are all set to change the face of ocean exploration and are simply waiting deployment orders. Known as the M-AUEs, the smartness of these miniature machines lies in recording 3D movements of the oceans internal waves, apparently a distant dream for run of the mill instruments used until now. underwater-robot-swarm-photoAccording to the makers, the concept of the same lies in being at multiple places simultaneously, which unfortunately wasn’t possible earlier with the conventional instruments. For example when moving a finger in a specific region of water, it was never about reaching out to more than one place at a time until the invention of these mini robots. But with the help of these swarm robots, the feat of being at 16 places at the same time has been successfully achieved.

As mentioned earlier the main objective behind creating such robots was investigating the movement of ocean’s internal waves. Further to prove the theory about aspects of plankton’s ecology and that it was due to the oceans currents pushing and pulling the plankton together and back apart such a device was need of the hour. Three dimensional instrumentation capabilities were required for the same, which at that point of time, the scientists did not possess. But with the help of swarm robots viewing the theory that was based on water density, internal wave dynamics and ocean physics could be possible in real time that too in 3D.

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And this is not it-Robot swarms also have numerous applications other than 3D mapping of internal wave dynamics and offer immense possibilities in analysis of the oceans as well as other areas. Some of the examples presented by the makers under their applications include using them along with microphones to hear out the dolphins and whales, modifying their instrumentation and using them in oil spills for tracking the emissions of harmful toxins, to name a few.

These little robots are apparently, one of the best things to have happened to human kind recently as they would undoubtedly be able to resolve unanswered queries about the ocean dynamics globally. What’s more, the next generation of them is already in pipeline with features like added functionality and decreased cost additions.

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