by Milan Rafailovich President/CEO of AquaGenesis,
in collaboration with http://www.wellbots.com
The idea behind Robosnail was to take over the drudgery of cleaning algae and slime off the walls of an aquarium in order to keep the inside sparkling clean and easy to see through. As any aquarium owner can tell you, that’s a thankless and never-ending task. Some types of fish as well as living snails will do the job, but it usually takes a human touch to get it done right.
When you start RoboSnail, the first thing it does is to use its sensors to check out the top and sides of the aquarium. Sensors are essential in robotics, because they provide the input needed for the robot to function. Without any way to gather data from the world around it, all a robot can do is to sit – or to blunder around and crash into stuff. RoboSnail uses its sensors to gather information about the aquarium, so that it knows where the top and side edges are.
PS: How do people work with RoboSnail? The video below gives some insight...
See previous post about RoboSnail: http://classroomrobotics.blogspot.com/2014/09/robosnail-robot-eliminates-dirty-job-of.html