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.
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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