Robojelly

RoboJellys (Robotic Jellyfish) Could One Day Patrol the Oceans, Clean Oil Spills, and Detect Pollutants

Nope, this isn’t science fiction. This is 4 years in the making (with several years to go) where Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers and multiple universities are collaborating and focusing on understanding the fundamentals of “propulsion mechanisms” utilized by nature. The robotic creatures are called RoboJelly are being designed to operate on their own energy versus, say, sea crabs, or mollusks. The robots could be used to study aquatic life, map ocean floors, monitor ocean currents, monitor water quality, [or to] monitor sharks,” said Alex Villanueva of St-Jacques, New-Brunswick, Canada, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering working under Priya. Other ideas: Detecting ocean pollutants, to, possibly, being used as clean-up filters during another oil spill similar to the Deepwater Horizon melee during the summer of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. I don’t think I’ll mind seeing one of those in the line-up. For more information, click HERE

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Brent

BrentGrowing up as a kid in Virginia Beach, Brent has always been surrounded by water. Sailing, surfing, fishing and skateboarding were his passions and foundation that drew him near the ocean. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication Arts & Design. Having worked at several companies in Richmond as an Art Director, and living away from the ocean for about 10 years, he and his wife decided to make the move back East with their sights on the Outer Banks. With surfing being his favorite hobby, the Outer Banks was a perfect fit. In 2005, Brent headed back to a more familiar and welcoming beach community and now lives in Kill Devil Hills with his wife and 3 daughters. Brent has run a Graphic Design business (BN Design & Advertising) for over 15 years. Complimenting his Design business during the day, Brent is also a musician and plays gigs regularly on the Outer Banks and is also a board member of the Surfrider Foundation, Outer Banks Chapter.View all posts by Brent →

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