A semi-autonomous robot that can clean the ocean of a major pollutant.

MIT scientists have developed an army of oil cleaning robots called Seaswarms that are capable of quickly absorbing surface oil from a spill. The Seaswarm uses a conveyor belt made from special nanowire mesh to roll over the water, absorbing oil and deflecting water in the process. The robots communicate with each other via GPS and WiFi to create a ‘swarm’ and work efficiently without requiring any human intervention. Scientists claim that a fleet of 5,000 Seaswarms can clean a spill of Deepwater proportions in just a month.

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