So, do you remember my old post about a turtle robot that could possibly be useful for archaeologists? Well, some researchers have just done it 😀 (Maybe they read my blog :P). My friend recently sent me an article describing a new turtle robot that has been built for marine archaeology (as he knows I am mad about marine archaeology robotics). The robot is equipped with an underwater camera in order to help archaeologists reconstruct underwater sites using video footage. It also was built to have flippers (like a turtle) in order to not kick up silt, allowing for much clearer footage. This is not all, I saved the best for last: the little robot is also autonomous ! 😀
Here are some articles about this turtle robot called U-CAT:
- Longer article with some extra information about a science expo in UK where the robot was displayed
- A short article with a video
- A paragraph about the robot and a video (for those who only want a quick peak)
Through these articles I found out about the ARROWS project, which actually sounds like a project perfect for anyone interested in marine archaeology robotics. ARROWS stands for ARchaeological RObot systems for the World’s Seas and is an EU funded project with researchers from Italy, UK, Estonia, Spain and Turkey. The project aims to construct low cost robots for marine archaology purposes. Maybe one day they will let me, a software developer, contribute somehow 😛 Go check out their website for more information. I don’t know about you, but finding that such a project exists makes me feel extremely excited about the path computational archaeology is following.