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Penguin-inspired robot explores the sea using AI

Meet the Quadroin AUV, a bio-inspired aquatic robot making waves in underwater research.

Mimicking the fast, graceful swimming of penguins, this autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is the brainchild of German underwater technology company EvoLogics.

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The evolution of the Quadroin

The adventure began with the PingGuin, an experimental AUV which demonstrated its potential in 2020. Inspired by the locomotion of Adélie penguins, studied by Dr Rudolf Bannasch, the Quadroin was born. This is not just a passing idea; the concept dates back to 2009 with the AquaPenguin, developed for Festo.

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Dive Deeper: The Second Generation Quadroin

Fast forward to last month, and the unveiling of the second-generation Quadroin had the scientific community buzzing. Designed for broader applications, it features advanced instruments like side-scan sonar and two HD cameras, all lit by LED spotlights for those dark underwater adventures.

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A technological powerhouse

Four thrusters propel it to depths of 492 feet and accelerate up to 11.5 mph, making the Quadroin a powerhouse. Its lithium-ion battery promises 10 hours of exploration on a six-hour charge, making it a sea marathoner.

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Smart navigation meets AI

But it’s not just about muscles. There are also a lot of brains. The Quadroin is equipped with a cutting-edge AI object recognition module and Nortek Nucleus1000 underwater navigation package, ensuring it knows where it is going and what it is looking at.

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Autonomy in the abyss

Like its AUV counterparts, the Quadroin follows a pre-programmed path, collecting valuable data about the marine environment. Once resurfaced, it can transmit this data via Wi-Fi or satellite, thanks to its multifunctional antenna – complete with a light show to help it. recovery.

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Looking ahead: the bright future of Quadroin

EvoLogics is gearing up for production later this year, and commercial customers are already eyeing this sleek, penguin-like innovation.

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Kurt’s Key Takeaways

The Quadroin AUV represents a significant advancement in our ability to study and protect our oceans. By harnessing the efficiency of penguin locomotion, EvoLogics has created a tool capable of meeting the challenges of underwater exploration, bringing us closer to understanding the mysteries of the deep. As we look to the future, Quadroin reminds us of the limitless potential of bio-inspired technology.

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