South Korea Develops Jellyfish Shredding Robots

October 7, 2013


Because apparently jellyfish are becoming a serious problem, South Korea has developed a swarm of aquatic robots designed to detect and "pulverize" jellyfish using spinning propellers. When reached for comment, Poseidon had this to say, "NOW YOU GONNA PAY, HUMANS!" before stabbing my intern with his trident to attract sharks. Now I need a new intern.

Known as the Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm (or JEROS) the sea-bound robots use a combined GPS and camera system to detect jellyfish before catching them in nets.

"Once caught, the jellyfish are pulverized using a special propeller,"

The researchers also experimented with arranging their killer ' bots into swarms, with a video showing a group of three individuals controlled as one.

The team has been led by Professor Myung Hyun, who has been working in response to the growing danger to businesses and individuals from swarms - or blooms, as they are technically known - of jellyfish.

Writing in the journal of Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing , Hyun describes jellyfish as "a great menace to the oceans ecosystem, which leads to drastic damage to the fishery industries.

There's a video of a jellyfish getting "pulverized" after the jump, but it's kind of graphic. One minute there's a jellyfish, and the next there's like, just a bunch of wispy pieces of jellyfish. You'd think there would be a better way, but what do I know? "Dick jokes and dinosaurs." That was meant to be rhetorical.

Keep going for the video in case you ever wondered what a jellyfish in a blender would look like.

Thanks to Lavious, who agrees if you think a jellyfish shredding robot is going to spare you if you got caught in its net you're dead wrong.

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