Swimming is a popular, cheap way of having fun, and also serves as a competitive sport. Families around the world have chosen swimming as an enjoyable method of relaxation, a challenging sport to challenge other in, and more affordable than most other forms of recreation or exercise. Not only humans can swim in water: dogs, cats, fish, and tiny ray bots can too. Wait, tiny ray bots?
These silicone robots are based off the structure of a manta ray and merely the size of a normal person’s palm. Manta rays are markedly good swimmers and have been targets of technologies inspired by life itself. Although there are currently no plans to use these manta ray bots in any oceanic missions, having a prototype of small, squishy robots like this may in fact be well prepared for when aquatic missions can go underway.
The ray bot is colored clear, making it exceptionally hard to locate in water, although scientists have painted the body in a lime green for added visibility. The near-invisibility of these swimming robot creatures may prove useful in the future when oceanic exploration missions are commenced.
Although the manta ray miniatures are not available for purchase, they may very well be one day. These toys would likely keep children busy for hours on end. This manta ray prototype is without a doubt fun to watch and think about the possibilities if they were for sale. I think I’ll be counting down the days until it’s time to capture these mechanical manta mockups.