U-Cat is an underwater robotic turtle which is designed to explore shipwrecks, it has been created as part of the ARROWS project with the Centre for Biorobotics at the Tallinn University of Technology.
The U-Cat is powered by independently driven flippers that are designed to allow the device to move up and down and forwards and backwards.
It has been designed specifically for the exploration of shipwrecks and it features a built in video camera to record footage of what it is exploring.
The U-Cat is going to be tested in the Baltic Sea and also the Mediterranean Sea, you can see the U-Cat in action in the video below, it will be shown off at the London Science Museum who are holding a Robotic Safari exhibition.
“U-CAT is specifically designed to meet the end-user requirements. Conventional underwater robots use propellers for locomotion. Fin propulsors of U-CAT can drive the robot in all directions without disturbing water and beating up silt from the bottom, which would decrease visibility inside the shipwreck”, says Taavi Salumäe, the designer of the U-CAT concept and researcher in Centre for Biorobotics, Tallinn University of Technology.
You can find out more information about the U-Cat underwater Robotic Turtle over at the Tallinn University of Technology.