Cryo The Jellyfish Robot
Posted: April 3, 2013 by Maja Johnson
A robot of 5 foot 7 inches, shaped like a jellyfish was designed by the Virginia Tech engineers for deep sea exploration. Cyro (the name of the robot) was designed after a previous prototype, a robot called RobboJelly, which was a hand-size robot used for the same purposes.
Cyro, unlike its ancestor, weights around 170 pounds and costs approximately 5 million dollars – a project funded by the US Navy for underwater research. The robot will be used mainly for military surveillance, however many of the environmental groups are hoping that this "G.I.JOE" will be available to the general public for sea exploration in the future.
The robot Cyro has eight arms and its entire body is covered with a silicon material, making its exterior waterproof and very similar to a jellyfish. The similarities to a jellyfish do not end at the external looks – it moves as a jellyfish as well, making it very useful for monitoring and not disturbing wildlife. It has the capacity of underwater operation of up to 4 hours, which is something the developers are trying to extend to a couple of weeks, even months.
Even though our underwater "spy" is still under development, the idea of discovering the secrets of the deep blue seas seems very intriguing and hopefully we will be able to use Cyro as soon as possible.