31 Dec '14, 12pm

Sepios: ETH Zurich's Robot Cuttlefish

Sepios: ETH Zurich's Robot Cuttlefish

As much as we enjoyed all of the robots performing the ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab’s video, one robot in particular stood out because it didn’t look familiar. You may have spotted it too, at about 1:30: a robot with four orthogonal fins called Sepios. We did some hardcore journalistic research (consisting primarily of a Google search) and found a website on it, along with a very cool video of the robot swimming in the ocean. The official Sepios swimout was in May of this (not much longer this, but still this) year. It’s a student project from ETH Zurich inspired by the noble cuttlefish, which is a friendly sort of cephalopod that propels itself with a pair of undulating fins. Cuttlefish are highly maneuverable little critters, but Sepios is an upgrade, with four independently controllable fins that allow it to rotate on any axis and translate in any direction. It’s s...

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