BIOSwimmer™ in the water during testing. Note: the tether line is for the camera, not for the fish (Photo: Boston Engineering Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group in Waltham, Massachusetts)
Scientists believe the tuna fish has a natural body framework that's tailor-made for UUV-like machines (Image: Jane Baker, DHS, S and T)
Scientists involved in robotics research are increasingly looking toward biological systems for solutions to specific challenges, and when one considers that nature has been solving problems for rather a lot longer than we humans have, this makes sense. Such is the reasoning behind BIOSwimmer: an underwater surveillance robot created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S and T) that takes its design cues from the tuna fish.
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