Gallery: MIT Develops Robotic Fish to Detect Environmental Pollutants


MIT engineers have developed a cheap, compact robotic fish that can go where no man (or underwater vehicle) has been able to go before. The pint-sized robofish, developed by Kamal Youcuf-Toumi and Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, could potentially be used to detect underwater environmental pollutants and inspect submerged boats and oil and gas pipes. Another plus is that they don’t smell.

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  1. DimetroBot July 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Researchers at Duke already did this, in 1992 – and, those fish are faster than the MIT version.

  2. Evans October 26, 2010 at 3:04 am

    What if the battery dies before the robot accomplishes its mission?

  3. rossb2010 September 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

    This subject is really interesting and i would like to learn more about it and do a research paper on it. please contact me

  4. FakePlasticFish September 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    What if a real fish eats a fake plastic robofish? Isn’t this just adding more plastic to our already plastic-filled ocean?

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