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Crabster CR200 onland walking without skin - heading for ocean floor by the end of spring

According to Popular Science, “the Crabster CR200 is a 1,400-pound behemoth of a ‘bot soon being sent to the ocean floor—for both scientific and commercial use.” Well, why not? More Info:

The machine you see here isn’t complete; it’s without the outer shell the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology team will be adding. But earlier this year the goal was to begin full-depth (656 feet) testing in spring, and it looks like they’ll make that deadline, far too late to make a convincing version of Wild Wild West.

[KIOST] [via Popular Science]

(via This Robotic Crab Will Soon Be Scavenging the Bottom of the Sea : The Scuttlefish)

Divers and propellor-powered vessels have always had a degree of trouble operating in rough seas, but the Crabster CR200, developed by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST), was influenced by the hydrodynamic anatomies of lobsters and crabs, which live in some of the most turbulent waters the planet has to offer, yet manage to remain in complete control of their movements.

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한국해양과학기술원(KIOST) 홍보영상. 

先月26日、慶尚北道浦項の東南130キロの海上。海底鉱物採取ロボット「ミネロ」がジャガイモほどの大きさの黒い石の塊を研究船の甲板に吐き出した。この石の正体はミネロが1週間かけて水深1370メートルの海底でかき集めた海底マンガン団塊の模型物だ。あふれ出る音に13人の研究員が一斉に歓声をあげて拍手した。海底にあらかじめ準備していた模型団塊の80%を回収するのに成功したのだ。科学界では採取効率が80%を超えれば経済性があるとみている。