Posts Tagged ‘TechFest’


4-finned underwater robot debuts at TechFest

2015 at 04:47 pm by admin | Comments Off


Designers and researchers at the Sepios Team, a Switzerland-based robotics team, have unveiled the latest look at their revolutionary underwater robot at Bombay’s TechFest 2015 earlier this month, showing off the robot’s capabilities and benefits to the environment. The machine, titled the Sepios, is based on a four-finned propulsion system influenced from cuttlefish, and uses revolutionary technology in order to take advantage of all four fins underwater. As opposed to traditional propeller-based transportation on underwater vessels and machines, which can tangle on plant life and disturb wildlife, Sepios’ fin-based propulsion is completely silent, and allows the machine to glide effortlessly through open waters and seaweed forests alike. On top of that, the four fins allow for unhindered movement in all directions, letting the robot ascend or descend, turn, and stop on a dime. The Sepios Team hopes to continue to improve the robot by improving its coordination, on-board camera, and other detectors before it is used for any practical purposes, but the Sepios shows a promising future in alternative underwater propulsion.


Robot transforms beach into canvas

2015 at 01:49 pm by admin | Comments Off


Researchers and scientists at ETH Zurich have taken sand art to the next level with their newest robotic creation! This robotic artist, titled the Beach Bot, was originally unveiled at December’s TechFest in Mumbai, India, and is able to transform any imported artwork or line art design into a large-scale sand pattern, approximating the size of the drawing and then using its rear-mounted rake to etch the artwork into the sand. The robot can be remote controlled as well as left to draw autonomously, and is able to create swooping loop patterns as well as iconic characters like Mickey Mouse and Nemo! While the robot excels at loops and curves, it is able to create right angles by simply lifting its rake, repositioning itself with internal sensors and scanners, and placing the rake down to continue the line. In the future, the Beach Bot team hopes to expand the robot’s abilities by equipping it with various tools to create different textures and erase its own line. Watch the video below to see the robot in action!