World’s first autonomous robotic fish unveiled

(10 Oct 2005)
London – 5 October 2005
1. Fish tank with what appear to be two fish
2. Silvery robotic fish swimming
3. Green robotic fish
4. Silvery robotic fish swimming towards stripped down robotic fish
5. Stripped down robotic fish
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Hu Huosheng, Robotics Professor, Essex University:
“It actually has a computer embedded inside ….” +++pictures overlayed+++
7. Real fish in tank and pan to aquarium floor to reveal robotic guide
8. UPSOUND (english) Robotic guide
“Hello , my name is ‘Atlas’ and I’m a robotic tour guide. Would you like me to tell you about the aquarium.”
9. Man pressing ‘Yes’ option on monitor
10. UPSOUND (English) Robotic guide
“These are some of the things …. ”
11. Man and robotic guide in front of fish tank
12. Man looking at robotic guide
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Cardy, Research Assistant, Essex University:
“It can provide information …. ”
14. Man with daughter interacting with robotic guide
15. UPSOUND (English) Girl
“What’s your name? …. Pardon.” Ans – “pardon”
16. Robotic guide monitor
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Visitor:
“Well I like the idea ….”
18. Girl playing with robotic guide
19. Professor Hu looking at robotic fish
20. Green robotic fish
A Chinese robotics professor predicts robots are going to be as much of an aide to people in the 21st century as computers were in the 20th century and says people should not be afraid.
His latest robot is so lifelike, he hopes it’ll put a friendlier face on robots and bring them closer to the public.
It’s the world’s first autonomously controlled robotic fish, and it was unveiled this week at a London aquarium.
Inspired by the common carp.
They can swim as fast as tuna … accelerate like pike … and navigate like eels …
But don’t think fish and chips – more like fish made from silicon chips.
They’re the world’s first autonomous robotic fish … moving completely independently, avoiding objects.
Each one took 3 months to build … the result of ten years research.
This one shows the mechanics beneath the scaly skin of shiny metal disks.
Powered by a rechargeable battery, what’s special about them is their movement which mimics real fish.
The challenge was to regulate the buoyancy and to make the mechanics waterproof
“It actually has a computer embedded inside, and also have a number of sensors. For example they have infrared sensors in the front to detect obstacles. They have gyroscope to actually try to maintain the attitude of the fish. They also have pressure sensors to actually detect how … What’s the level in the water. Other applications include sea bed exploration for resources, or for rescue jobs, and also for the underwater oil pipe leaking detection, and also telecommunications cable detection as well. I think the bigger challenge for us now, how to make the public understand the robots is close to them and actually is their friend and their assistant in the coming 10 years or 20 years time.”
SUPER-CAPTION: Prof. Hu Huosheng, Essex University
If a submersible doesn’t warm your feelings to robots, then maybe this might change your mind.
The UK’s first robotic tour guide – programmed by Hu’s team – it’s totally interactive.
“Hello I’m Atlas …”
“It can provide information in multiple languages and it can also provide them in ways that human tour guides can’t provide, such as videos maps and interactive information.”
SUPER-CAPTION: Paul Cardy, Research Assistant, Essex University
The London aquarium will soon have a team of robotic guides to interact with visitors.
UPSOUND (English)
“What’s your name?”
UPSOUND (English)
VOX-POP (English)
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Date: November 29, 2017
Category: Robot Animals