A swarm of autonomous underwater robots. 9 Axis IMU, underwater radio communication, underwater IR communication, and autonomous recharge capabilities.
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Like their natural model, the AquaJellies glide elegantly and seemingly effortlessly through the water. This is ensured by their adaptive tentacles, which are controlled by an electric drive in their body. The integrated communication and sensor technology plus the real-time diagnostics enable coordinated, collective behavior of several jellyfish, even in a limited space.
Festo presented the AquaJellies for the first time at the Hannover Fair in 2008. Since then we have been constantly working on improved communications technology and on the condition monitoring of the individual jellyfish on a smartphone. An app can be used to individually record and track the current condition of each AquaJelly.
The AquaJelly also autonomously charge in the water, as they dock automatically when required to an underwater charging station.
Therefore they can run 24 hrs.
Exploring and monitoring delicate ecosystems
A futuristic idea could be that robot jellyfish could be the key to monitoring and caring for fragile parts of the world’s oceans without damaging them.