Seven Robots with Green Jobs

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7. Swarms of Robots

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to UCSD reserchers, to develop small scale robots that will study tiny marine creatures.

Mini-robots are another big trend we’ll see more of.  UC San Diego researchers are developing swarms of robots no bigger than a soccer ball.  They can drift with ocean currents to gather information on the micro-mechanisms that support plankton and other tiny marine creatures.  They could also guard sensitive areas or provide on-the-spot information about oil spills, plane crashes and other marine emergencies.

Image: National Science Foundation.


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