Michael Britt-Crane fishes his robot, the SeaGlide, out of the maritime demonstration tank on the expo floor. The little bot has high endurance and low power requirements. Operating autonomously, it takes in and expels water to move up and down, taking temperature and pressure measurements.
A bystander admires the SeaGlide autonomous robot in the maritime demonstration tank.
Converting everyday ground vehicles into robots is a promising avenue of research. Strap-on kits do more than make heavy machinery into radio-control toys—they also replace human operators' brains and senses with autonomous controls. That way the machines coordinate to get the job done without colliding with one another or with any people on-site. They do not whistle or leer at women in the streets, either.
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