RoboPike swimming robot

RoboPike swimming robot

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Caption: RoboPike swimming robot. Researcher John Kumph (left) in a water tank with the RoboPike swimming robot he designed in 1998. The robot was used as part of research into the mechanics of fish swimming actions. The 80-centimetre long robot has a rigid fibre-glass nose which contains motors. These pull on tungsten wires attached to a fibreglass spring that flexes the body to produce powerful swimming strokes. The body has a flexible skin made of lycra and a stainless steel mesh. It is steered by its fins. The battery-powered robot can be controlled by a human operator (top right). Photographed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

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