LONDON — A school of mechanical, battery-powered robots in the shape of fish will be released into a Spanish port to help monitor pollution there, scientists said Friday.
The 5-foot-long robots work by mimicking the swishing movements of a fish's tail, according to University of Essex robotics expert Huosheng Hu, whose team is manufacturing the machines.
He said the robo-fish would be equipped with sensors to monitor oxygen levels in the water, detect oil slicks spilled from ships or contaminants pumped into the water from underground pipes.
They will patrol the harbor of Gijon, in northern Spain, under a $3.6-million grant from the European Union.
Hu said Gijon was chosen because officials had expressed interest in the technology.
Information gathered from the robo-fish will be transmitted to the port's control center using a wireless Internet signal when the devices surface.