Robot imur għassa fuq is-sikka

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Robot imur għassa fuq is-sikka

RangerBot

Stampa: QUT.

An underwater drone that can identify and kill coral-devastating crown-of-thorns (COT) starfish using a lethal injection is about to undergo final testing on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef prior to going into production.

RangerBot, li juża sistema ta 'viżjoni hi-tec li tippermettilu "jara" taħt l-ilma, huwa mħaddem bl-użu ta' smart tablet.

It has been developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in collaboration with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Google – the concept won the Google Impact Challenge People’s Choice prize of Aus $750,000 in 2016, enabling QUT roboticists Professor Matthew Dunbabin and Dr Feras Dayoub to spend the next two years developing and refining the technology.

4 Settembru 2018

Il-prototip oriġinali tagħhom "COTSbot" kien marbut, iżda RangerBot jopera b'mod awtonomu u għandu funzjonijiet multipli.

Prof Dunbabin described the 15kg, 75cm-long device as “the world’s first underwater robotic system designed specifically for coral-reef environments, using only robot-vision for real-time navigation, obstacle avoidance and complex science missions.”

“This multifunction ocean drone can monitor a wide range of issues facing coral reefs, including coral-bleaching, water-quality, pest species, pollution and siltation,” he said. “It can help to map expansive underwater areas at scales not previously possible, making it a valuable tool for reef research and management.

"RangerBot jista' jibqa' taħt l-ilma kważi tliet darbiet itwal minn għaddas uman, jiġbor aktar dejta, u jopera fil-kundizzjonijiet kollha u f'kull ħin tal-ġurnata jew tal-lejl, inkluż fejn jista' ma jkunx sikur għall-għaddas uman."

Prof Dunbabin qal li r-robot jista’ jiddistingwi CoTs (Acanthaster planci) from other starfish with a 99.4% accuracy rate, and that the lethal injection would not affect anything else on the reef.

RangerBot would also be inexpensive, he said, allowing production to be scaled up rapidly to meet demand from reef managers, researchers and communities worldwide.

L-Istitut Awstraljan tax-Xjenza tal-Baħar reċentement ħa sehem fi provi RangerBot fuq il-GBR u qed jinvestiga teknoloġija ġdida biex isaħħaħ il-kapaċitajiet tiegħu ta 'ġbir ta' data u ta 'osservazzjoni taħt l-ilma.

“RangerBot has the potential to revolutionise the way we manage our oceans, and is an important tool to have at our disposal in the quest to save our coral reefs,” said Anna Marsden, MD of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

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