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Coralbots need your help to become reality

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 18, 2013 09:00 AM
Last year, we reported that researchers were developing a team of small “coralbots" with swarm intelligence to autonomously search out damaged coral fragments and attach them to hard substrate. The inventors are now seeking public donations through Kickstarter to fund coralbot development.

The video above describes what the inventors aim to accomplish with these coralbots.  The team hopes to raise $107,000 within six month to demonstrate this technology in public with two specially adapted robots.  Their ultimate goal is to build a team of eight coralbots to deploy at reef sites in need.

Donations range from $10 to $5,000.  At the $25 contributor level, your name will be printed on a coralbot.  At the $1,000 contributor level, your name will be etched on a piece of artificial reef structure the science team will plant on their first restoration project.  At $5,000, they'll name a whole coralbot after you ("or give it any name you indiciate, within reason")!

Visit Coral-bot's Kickstarter page to learn more about these robotic reef helpers and if you want to help make this project a reality.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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