Coral-Bots Aim to Revive the Dying Reefs Galore
It doesn’t need a genius or a fully dedicated ecologist to point out that a significant number of corals are dying, thanks to the excessive exposure toward pollutants and the worsening climate change. Although researchers have found out that coral reefs can regenerate on its own, its growth rate is pretty slow, as opposed to how fast they white out and die eventually.
Thankfully, some environmental activists are willing to invest their time, money and effort to save this heaven gift but their struggle is limited to areas which are tolerable by humans. Spots that are unreachable to our hands are left untreated but that’s before Coral-bots come up. Built by Researchers at Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology (CMBB) of Heriot-Watt University, this droid aims to do a massive coral plantation on areas where human can’t survive.
Initial prototyping and testing have been done. Currently, the team is working on artificial optical elements that allow them to view the underwater surroundings and monitor the coral reefs remotely. The manipulator arms are also said to undergo a perfection process so that later, it can be controlled flawlessly. To achieve the goal, the team has launched a crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter. Below is their pitch video.
You can participate in Coral-bots’ development with a minimum pledge of $10. As a reward, your name will be included in the list of donators on its respective website and you’ll be given a “thank you” certificate. In case you feel like becoming a generous millionaire, the highest pledge of $5,000 will allow you to name one of the robots. Are you jumping in this noble mission?