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RoboPike leaping out of water. This robot is designed to mimic the swimming actions of a fish, although it cannot yet leap out of water unaided. The 80-centimetre-long robot has a rigid fibreglass nose (red) which contains motors. These pull on tungsten wires attached to the fibreglass spring seen forming the rigid structure of the body. The wires flex the spring, producing strong swimming strokes. A human operator controls the battery-powered robot using a radio. The fins (white) are used to steer the robot. Photographed in 2000, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.
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