The robotics industry has advanced tremendously in
recent years with several cutting edge developments. Now, researchers have
created a hydrogel-based, light-powered robot that swims in response to a
direct light source.
This particular robot, the OsciBot, is attracted to
and only powered by a constant visible light source. It doesn’t require a
battery pack or power tether of any kind. This type of technology could revolutionise
the maritime industry in terms of energy harvesting and propulsion in the future.
Robotics of all types and sizes with various applications have made headlines around the world adding fuel to the innovation fire. The oil and gas industry has always been a leader in pushing the boundaries of disruptive technologies. Now, with rising interest and investment, subsea robotics has the potential and power to transform the oil and gas sector as a whole.
Technological advancements and the continued race for
innovation in nearly every industry is evident across the globe. For some time
now, oil companies have turned to robots and drones to perform dangerous activities
in the harshest environments. While some of the ‘oil and gas tech toys’ help save
costs, many of them greatly improve performance and safety. This is as a result
of fewer people being exposed to dangerous tasks and situations.
2017 we reported on the Boeing Echo Voyager autonomous unmanned submarines and
now, big brother is here. It comes in the form of the Orca Extra Large Unmanned
Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) built for a host of applications.
Navy awarded Boeing with a US$43 million contract to build four Orca’s and the support
gear. Boeing partnered with Huntington Ingalls Industries to develop the 51-ft
(15.5 m) long unmanned undersea vehicles which will operate in the open ocean.
This is largely thanks to next-level autonomous navigation systems and a fuel
module that gives the Orca an incredible range of 6,500 nm (7,480 mi / 12,038
get a real idea of the engineering ingenuity of the Orca, let’s recap on the Boeing
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Construction is a $10 trillion global industry and robots are set to revolutionise the industry by 2020. Productivity in manufacturing, retail and agriculture has grown exponentially since 1945 but it has barely gone up in construction. How will robots be used to increase productivity and if they do, how will it impact the workforce? Continue reading →