23 Feb '12, 3pm

Real Fish Get Schooled By Robots

Real Fish Get Schooled By Robots

Fish, I guess, are not the smartest fish in the... Well, they're not that smart, let's go with that. Stefano Marras of the University of Montpellier and Maurizio Porfiri of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University have convinced some golden shiners to follow a robotic fish in a schooling pattern. Watching this video, you get the sense that maybe, just maybe, the real fish is feeling a little bit skeptical about this whole situation. It's definitely in a schooling position a couple points abaft the robot's starboard beam, taking advantage of the wake to reduce drag and swim more efficiently. But, the real fish seems to be making a point of not getting too close, perhaps having a sinking feeling that there's something slightly fishy going on. It's certainly true that the scale (and the scales) of the robot are a bit off, but apparently the fish are more interested in...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/real-fish...

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