AI Robot Fish Protects Ecosystems

Researchers in Switzerland have developed an autonomous fish robot named Belle, which aims to collect data on marine organisms without disturbing the underwater environment. The robot, designed to be minimally invasive, moves silently and smoothly like a fish, avoiding disruptions to coral reefs and marine life. Using artificial intelligence, Belle can navigate underwater, collect DNA samples, and capture high-resolution video while blending into coral reef environments.

The robot is propelled by a silicone fin with water-filled cavities that create movement. It operates autonomously for two hours before needing to return to the surface for battery and filter replacement. The researchers hope that Belle will aid marine biologists in studying the health and biodiversity of reef ecosystems affected by factors such as overfishing, pollution, and climate change.