It’s no James Bond, but it could be the next 007 patrolling the ocean.
Meet Cyro, the hefty, 170-pound, 5' 7"-wide robotic jellyfish.
Designed by a team of researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, the robot is stealthy enough to one day be used as an underwater spy for the military.
Cyro is part of a nationwide, multi-university $5 million project funded by the U.S. Navy.
“The idea is to develop these jellyfish-inspired vehicles for underwater surveillance of ocean waters,” said Alex Villanueva, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering.
Cyro has eight arms and a flexible silicone covering. A control box in the middle of the jellyfish serves as the robot’s “brain.”
It can swim for about four hours using a battery, but researchers are exploring alternative energy sources to make it last longer.
“In the future, we’re trying to leave this robot in the ocean for weeks and months at a time,” said Villanueva.
The robot could one day be used to study schools of fish, handle cleanup duty from oil spills or take part in underwater military surveillance operations.