The SlothBot aims to observe nature, contributing to the conservation of rare plants and animals.
SlothBot is an energy-efficient inspector robot created by scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology. It's able to monitor temperature, weather and carbon dioxide levels, producing a full picture of the environment. The robot is positioned on trees, moving along special cables. Generally, SlothBot only moves when it's necessary.
The robot is about a meter long and consists of parts printed on a 3D printer. Within its case, you'll find the engine, battery and a variety of sensors. Just like a real sloth, SlothBot moves very slowly. However, it compares favourably in comparison to its counterparts because it's using a careful consumption of electricity generated by a solar panel.
The robot's capabilities have been thoroughly tested at the Atlanta Botanic garden. The developers believe that the robot is ready to work in the wild. Using cables, the sloth can cover more significant territory. Over many months of work, It could learn a lot about the jungle, which will help science protect the environment.
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