QUT robotic specialists have just conducted the first tests of their COTSbot killer robot. However, the machine is not dangerous to humans because it is an underwater robot designed to destroy a particular species of starfish, thus protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to many undersea creatures. Unfortunately, not all of them are useful to her, and some of them are dangerous, destroying delicate corals. We will also include a species of starfish called the crown of thorns, which is the most destructive to her.
Researchers from OUT have developed a special robot designed to destroy it. A machine called COTSbot has already passed its first test in Moreton Bay, Queensland, and this month another test of its effectiveness will take place. Dr. Matthew Dunbabin, the team leader responsible for creating this technology, says that it can very effectively clean coral reefs from this dangerous pest in the future and protect them from damage.
COTSbot has stereoscopic cameras, GPS sensors, five propulsors to move around and a stable position, as well as a pneumatic arm that is injected into the starfish salt solution. One such machine in an 8-hour patrol can kill about 200 starfish, so a fleet of 10 or 100 copies of a robot would be able to quickly get rid of it from the reef.