Biodron. Biohybrid Robotic Jellyfish for Ocean-Exploring.

Intro

Biodron. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates there’s still more than 80 percent of the deep sea that remains unmapped. That’s why science is devising ways to tap the power of the sea itself — or in this case, its native fauna — to move the process along.

 
Scientists are equipping jellyfish with an augment that jolts them into a sort of fast-forward overdrive, allowing them to course through the waters at up to three times their normal pace.
 

JellyBots

This biohybrid robotic jellyfish or «jellybots» ( jellyfish + robots ) can further outfitted with sensory gear that allows them to map their surroundings.
 
A way to begin filling in all those underwater blank spots in the ocean cartography.
 
In a paper recently published in the journal ScienceAdvances, researchers at Stanford and the California Institute of Technology describe how they came up with a way to speed up the marine marauders without causing them any observable harm — despite the fact that it requires a constant series of synthetic electric shocks to rev their metabolic motors faster.
 
 
Biodron. Biohybrid Robotic Jellyfish for Ocean-Exploring.
Biodron. Biohybrid Robotic Jellyfish for Ocean-Exploring.
 

JellyBots Feature´s

Using a small device only 2 cm in diameter, the team was able to increase movement speed of the jellyfish threefold by delivering small.
 
Continuous zaps of electricity in a fashion not all that different from the way a pacemaker affects a human heart.
 
Attached by means of “a wooden pin that embeds into the bell center” of the animal, the microelectronic devices essentially accelerates the frequency of the same pulsating electrical stimuli that jellyfish already use.
 
The researchers note that the jellyfish never exhibited any of the telltale signs of stress while outfitted with the devices.
 
And that removing the stimulus left them none the worse for wear, as they reverted to their natural behaviors once the zappers were removed.
 
 
                          
                                                                    Video Source: SciShow

 

BioDron. Next Steps

A big next step, of course, is to figure out a way to tell these souped-up jellyfish where to go.
 
Future studies should “strive to arrest endogenous animal contractions without harm to the organisms, to improve the controllability of biohybrid robots that use live animals.
 
The artificial control of jellyfish has the potential to expand ocean monitoring techniques.
 
And future iterations of the biohybrid robotic jellyfish can improve controllability, incorporate microelectronic sensors, and leverage existing tagging technology.”
 
 
Biodron. Biohybrid Robotic Jellyfish for Ocean-Exploring.
Biodron. Biohybrid Robotic Jellyfish for Ocean-Exploring.
 

Conclusion

“This biohybrid robot uses 10 to 1000 times less external power per mass” than man-made robots tasked with plumbing the ocean depths, according to the paper.
 
This is the talent researchers plan to exploit.
 
Combining jellyfish and robots might is the ideal way to explore our oceans.
 
 
 
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