20th Sept – Our group have visited the robotic research lab in Mechanical and Aerospace Faculty, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. The main purpose of the visit was to share the technology applied on a propulsion system for marine vessels using flexible mechanism.
During the visit, Prof. KH Low from mechatronics department explained that the research on propulsion system was inspired by biomimetic. The professor mentioned that the most popular robot in biomimetic area for underwater is Robot Tuna, 1995.
For over 8 years, KH Low has started to develop his first underwater fish robot called Nanyang Knifefish I (NKF I), followed by Nanyang Knifefish II (NKF II) and Nanyang Knifefish III (NKF III). He also developed other underwater robots such as Nanyang Arowana Fish, Bionic Manta and many more.
There are many applications can be applied based on those underwater robots. Some of them are for military, industrial or consumer product. Maybe in the future, a group of underwater robots can perform as spies! Who knows…