API is carrying a story
that summarizes the work of Joseph Ayers of the Marine Science Center of Northeastern University. As part of the Biomimetic Underwater Robot
Program there, Ayers is working on a Navy-funded project to develop
yet another mine-detecting robot for shallow beach areas. The Lobster-based
robot uses a neural network that simulates the nervous system of a
lobster to control its motion.
It really looks like a fascinating robot, but I can't imagine they're
getting any speed from it... But maybe it doesn't need a lot of speed.
Wonder why they didn't just use Ariel from iRobot? Camoflage lobsters
doing underwater surveillance? You know, if you consider the conductive
cooling effect in an underwater environment, it just might speed the
actuation of nitinol some, just wonder if it's enough to be useful.
Where are the dang mpegs when you need them?