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Robotic eel tracks down water pollution sources

Aug 04, 2017, 8:01 AM EDT
Bio-inspired robot imitates the flexibility of eels.
(Source: Mark Chatterley/flickr)

A team of researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has developed an eel-inspired robotic device that’s capable of tracking the exact location of sources of pollution in a water body and then relaying the data to a remote computer in real time.

The modular eel is equipped with a range of physical, biological and chemical sensors for a complete scanning of the underwater environment in a faster and more efficient way than the existing methods, writes Engadget.

The modular makeup of the eel allows scientists to pick and choose which sensors they want to deploy depending on the location and data required, notes Uber Gizmo.