Giant Robot Jellyfish Will Monitor the World’s Oceans Someday

Mar 29, 2013 | Mobile & Web

Virginia Tech Robot Jellyfish


Researchers from Virginia Tech have created a giant robot jellyfish named Cyro that is self powered and swims autonomously. Funded by the Navy, Cyro is destined for a future in surveillance in oceans around the world.

Modeling a surveillance robot after a jellyfish is a good fit because there are different species of jellyfish in every major oceanic area in the world, meaning that these robots could monitor a wide variety of places.  It’s also an ideal animal because most people know that a jellyfish sting can be deadly and for this reason are unlikely to disturb the robot.

Watch the video by Virginia Tech below to see the robot jellyfish in action.


Since robotic innovations such as this are still being used mainly for the military and are far from being in the public domain, now is the time to start dreaming up alternative uses for this type of technology.

Imagine a time where every pool owner has their own robotic jellyfish to monitor chlorine levels or alerts whenever there is an unwanted intrusion.

If scientists wanted to have real-time insight of a body of water’s environmental health and activity a mobile app could be developed in tandem with the robot to monitor the situation.

What other uses for Cyro can you think of? Tell us in the comments.

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