Sun, 22 Mar 2009 15:24:54 GMT | PressTV
British scientists have developed a robot fish which can detect water pollution.
They are equipped with chemical sensors which enable them to detect harmful contaminants such as leaks from vessels or underwater pipelines.
Costing $29,000 each, the robots swim at a maximum speed of about one meter per second, do not need remote controlling and transmit information using Wi-Fi technology.
The fish robots will navigate the Bay of Biscay at Gijon in northern Spain as part of a three-year joint project between the engineering consultancy BMT Group and Essex University.
"The hope is that this will prevent potentially hazardous discharges at sea as the leak would undoubtedly get worse over time if not located," AFP quoted Professor Huosheng Hu of Essex University as saying.
If the project is successful, the fish could also be used in rivers, lakes and seas across the world to prevent the spread of pollution.