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Self-sustaining jellyfish robot to patrol the ocean beds

Designed as a project for the US Navy, for future military surveillance, cleaning oil spills or to monitor the environment, a lifelike jellyfish robot could soon be surveying the world’s sea beds.

The $5m (£3.3m) project is led by Virginia Tech who are designing, the robot, named Cyro, to operate on its own energy for periods of several months. It has eight mechanically controlled arms and a silicon skin, giving it the appearance of a real jellyfish.  

Weighing 170 pounds, Cyro was modeled after an earlier prototype nicknamed RoboJelly, which was about the size of a human hand.

 

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