UK scientists develop robot octopus to boost underwater travel

Potentially, the robot octopus developed and being experimented by a group of UK-based scientists could be the new thing in underwater travel.

Octopus robot

The robot behaves like an octopus, propelling itself by squirting water. The 30cm model of the device can hit up to 60 miles per hour in less than a second.

"The robot uses water to propel its ultra-fast escape.", said lead author of the study Dr. Gabriel Weymouth, of Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute.

The robotic octopus is self-propelling. It fills itself with water then deflates by shooting water.

The scientists working on the project's prototype are hopeful that a bigger scale of the robot could mean improved performance.

Source: Mirror

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