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Green Economy Northeastern University is developing a lobster-style robot to explore river bottoms and littoral zones.

Published on November 25th, 2009 | by Tina Casey

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Seven Robots with Green Jobs



The new green economy is putting more robots to work in green jobs, especially in environmental research and related fields.  In a sustainability twofer, many of the new machines are powered by solar energy and other green alternatives.  Click through the show to see what’s up with some of our circuit-centric friends.

1.  Robolobster

Northeastern University is developing a lobster-style robot to explore river bottoms and littoral zones.

Northeastern University is developing a remote environmental data gathering robot that resembles an eight legged lobster.  The robot is designed to maneuver across rough surfaces while negotiating surging water and shifting currents, making it ideal for exploring rivers and littoral zones (ocean shore areas up to the high water mark).

Image: Courtesy of Jan Witting/Northeastern University.

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Tina Casey specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. You can also follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.



  • Jimmy

    Apart from the composter, none of the uses here seemed very green to me. Just because something is solar powered doesn’t mean it’s green. We have to take a more holistic approach to determining what is and isn’t green.

  • Jimmy

    Apart from the composter, none of the uses here seemed very green to me. Just because something is solar powered doesn’t mean it’s green. We have to take a more holistic approach to determining what is and isn’t green.

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