Advanced robotic fish that swims like the real aquatic animal
If you are spending almost 100 hours a week in your super secretive lab, then you must be in love with the work you are doing. Meet professor Maurizio Porfiri who is hard at work building the ultimate robotic fish using 3D printing manufacturing. The aim is to study and understand human and animal behavior when encountered with danger. And this danger is induced with a predator, but at the same time a predator is also unpredictable, so Maurizio designed robotic fishes that can be controlled via an app using iPod.
Designing these robots gives freedom to conduct experiments on animal behavior under different conditions, and also a chance to understand human behavioral patterns. Maurizio is quite passionate about this study and having the technical know-how of 3D printing gives him the freedom to manufacture such robotic fish using 3D printing technique. With help from his team, professor has designed the app controlled robotic fish that have different amplitude and frequency of swimming in water.
The 3D printed robotic fishes including one designed like a zebrafish by Paul Phamduy and is currently being tested in a controlled laboratory environment, but very soon they have plans to deploy such mechanized fishes in the wild. This will help in keeping aquatic fish and other lifeforms away from oil spills and other human-induced hazards.