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SlothBot Wants You to Slow Down and Monitor the Environment

Like its namesake, a new sloth-inspired robot is highly energy efficient, allowing it to collect data over very long periods of time.  Even in the realm of robotics, slow and steady wins the race.  Sort of.  That at least seems to be the case for SlothBot, a new solar-powered robot designed to monitor long-term changes in the environment, such as the weather, by lingering in forest canopies for months at a time. The job it’s built for is one that requires a lot of waiting around—but luckily, SlothBot lopes along at the pace of… well, a sloth, and moves only when absolutely necessary, a strategy that’s great for conserving energy.  Read more...



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