WATCH: A robot swarm working together to encircle a boat

Swarming robots moving in on a ship. Image: UUV Aquabotix

UUV Aquabotix, a US-based and ASX-listed company, has announced SwarmDiver, a smart, small and easily deployable robot which can work alongside dozens of its colleagues, creating a mechanical swarm.

Multiple SwarmDivers can function simultaneously as a single coordinated entity on water, be easily controlled via one operator on the surface, and perform dives on command to collect intelligence.

The robots are designed for military purposes – UUV Aquabotix doesn’t say whether they can be deployed as mini-torpedoes – but can also be used in oceanography, aquaculture, research and hydrographic survey work.

The SwarmDivers at work:

“Until today, there were simply no swarming unmanned vehicles with diving capabilities commercially available to users,” says Whitney Million, Aquabotix’s Chief Executive Officer.

“SwarmDiver leads a revolution in underwater technologies, and we believe it is a game changer for both the Company and the industry.”

Swarming has become an area of focus for naval forces globally.

Each SwarmDiver, weighing just 1.7kg and 75 cms long, can dive to 50 metres. They have a battery life of up to 2.5 hours and a range of 7 kms.

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