Eco-warrior Robot Swan

Next time you’re out on the lake, enjoying a nice fishing trip or whatever, and see a single, lone swan, you might want to watch your waste (as you always should).

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have recently created the NUSwan, robotic swans that can track water quality and upload data in real-time. But why a swan? Maybe because they wanted to incorporate the university’s initials into its name. Maybe because swans are just really cool. In reality, the researchers wanted to make something rather inconspicuous to blend in with the environment in bodies of water near industrial plants, recreational activities…etc.

The swans can be outfitted with a variety of sensors, and can measure the amount of dissolved oxygen in the waters, the oceans pH levels, turbidity and chlorophyll…etc. They can also be remotely controlled or can run completely autonomously, using GPS to track its coordinates, and coming back to its recharging port when needed.

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