A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has developed a robot fish that can dive, float, and use its fins just like a real fish!
The machine is designed to swim like a carp and carry out deep sea missions that are difficult or dangerous for humans. Its designers say the prototype can be pre-programmed to dive and ascend through water, using the water itself as ballast. It’s powered by batteries which can last up to an hour. The body, control box, and motor are all waterproof, and the fins and tails are composed of thin acrylic board. The researchers also want to equip their robot with sensors, cameras and G-P-S units, eventually turning their prototype into ocean-going eyes and ears for humans back on land.