Caltech scientists have managed to create bionic jellyfish, in which they are able to control their movements and make them swim faster. The artificial control was accomplished with a microelectronic implant that enabled the moon jellyfish to swim nearly three times its original speed. Plus, it only required minimal external power, as well as twice the amount of metabolic effort from the aquatic invertebrate. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Why did the scientists use jellyfish? Well, actual jellyfish are capable of self-healing and do not require external power supplies for just merely mimicking the creature, thus making them capable of being deployed throughout the world’s oceans.
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Because jellyfish are naturally found in a wide range of salinities, temperatures, oxygen concentrations, and depths (including 3,700 m [12,100 feet] or deeper in the Mariana Trench), these biohybrid robots also have the potential to be deployed throughout the world’s oceans,” said the authors in their paper.