Cool New ‘Row Bot’ Paddles Water, Eats Pollution & Spits Out Electricity

Written by on November 15, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 7 Comments

Row bot generates electricity-compressed

By Kelsey D. Atherton | Popular Science

Inside these tiny machines is a colony of hungry bacteria, yearning to eat. The row-bot, as this charming little device is named, paddles about on the surface of water, funneling waste and pollution into its bacteria-rich stomach and receiving electrical power in return. It’s a self-sufficient cleaner on a tiny scale, made to bob in the sea and eat tiny bites of waste until there’s nothing left.


Presented last month at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Hamburg, Germany, the paper “Row-bot: An Energetically Autonomous Artificial Water Boatman” by a team of academic researchers in Bristol, details the design and development of the tiny garbage-eating machines. The initial goal was to create a machine that could forage, like a wild animal, so it wasn’t dependent on humans to constantly recharge and reenergize itself. Inspired also by the water boatman insect, the robot they created is a tiny, hungry, buoyant surface skimmer.

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  1. 148270801883880@facebook.com' Conscious Life News says:

    I want one

  2. 1008230139229646@facebook.com' S Kay Watkins says:

    me to

  3. 1521312221527531@facebook.com' Alex Salevao says:

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  5. 1190214490993372@facebook.com' Theresa Heybaby Hey Lambert says:

    Yeah? What else can it do?

  6. 10203573831385067@facebook.com' Carole Kyte says:

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    Definitely need one!

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