New Delhi: Forget drones, soon marine robots will take over our world's seas and oceans! These marine robots called aquabots are soon emerging as highly effectual tools to dwell into the secrets of our water bodies.
These robots have made their mark everywhere and many more such robots are expected to flutter around in world's waters.
Researchers are currently testing two types of robots primarily:
- A good portion of the present variety of autonomous vessels are a part of the Argo environmental research project measuring the water’s temperature, salinity and actions. Argo floats are very simple robotic buoys which float with the currents and go down to a depth of around two kilometres. Every 10 days they pop back up to the surface and transmit their data, which in turn feeds our global weather system and ocean current models.
- Similarly, another alternative is inference robot. It is a robotic boat system designed to be fully autonomous and live on waterways for months at a time. Built from fibreglass, the various sensors on the robots give researchers real-time environmental information on everything from water quality to gas emissions.
The robots are still under development but once deployed suitably can help a great deal in studying international waterways.