Lobster Inspires Underwater Sensors

Posted 2 Jan 2002 at 15:37 UTC by steve Share This

Wired has a new article on the latest robot lobster research. (The original press releases from the University of Colorado and Berkeley are also available.) Researchers at several universities are attempting to duplicate the lobster's sense of smell. Chemical odor sensors as sensitive at those of a lobster could be used to detect mines, explosives, toxins, and other interesting things in the sea. The results of their research are available online in a paper entitled, "Lobster Sniffing: Antennule Design and Hydrodynamic Filtering of Information in an Odor Plume". The Navy previously has funded development of a robot designed to duplicate the shape and movement of a lobster at the Northeastern University Biomimetic Underwater Robot Lab (BURP).

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