Amphibious Velox robot uses undulating fins to swim and crawl

Pubblicato il 7 feb 2019
US company Pliant Energy Systems has turned one of its green energy technologies into a propulsion system for a swimming robot capable of exploring land and sea.
The Velox robot can move through water as well as over sand, pebbles, snow, ice and other solid ground, completing tasks that robots designed purely for either land or sea would be unsuited for.
Velox's versatility is due to its undulating soft fins, which sit on either side of Velox and move in a hyperbolic pattern reminiscent of a stingray or a millipede.
Pliant Energy originally developed the fins as a system for generating electricity from rivers. It wanted a shape that wouldn't become entangled with debris and or be damaged by bumping up against heavy objects like tree trunks.
Read more on Dezeen:
WATCH NEXT: Autonomous robot dog delivers a package at CES -
Subscribe to our IT-tvs channel for the latest architecture and design movies:
Like Dezeen on Facebook:
Follow Dezeen on Twitter:
Follow us on Instagram:
Check out our Pinterest:


  • I want this as a toy so bad

  • That would make a great future submarine.

  • I named it Crawley so cute 🤗

  • Japan will find a way to turn this into a sex toy.

  • This is outstanding. But spooky asFfffffffk

  • What's happening ?... In sliding environment (ice, water), it goes opposite to the wave direction. On non sliding environment (floor) it goes in the wave direction.

  • Would it work through empty space ?

    • ​@Virtual Magic sorry, I can't understand what you wrote; but my point was to apply newton's laws of motion

    • @gumikebbap Haha, but wait what ? :) Backward ?.... A particle has to come from a point. So from a point how can a particle going backward, it only can expand from it. So only forward, no ?... Or backward but then particle would have to enter inside its origin...

    • @Virtual Magic think about it this way: for something to move, it has to push something else in the oposite direction. in the case of the robot, it's pushing water/the ground/snow backwards. The wavelike form of its propeller is unrelated. That said, you gave me a cool idea: maybe there could be something that pushes photons/waves/particles backwards. that might work. what do you think?

    • @gumikebbap So you made the experience ? If energy can move through space in a form of wave, then may undulating body / wave itself could move through space. I don't know, Aside through water, i never see by myself, an undulating body, move through empty space.

    • @Virtual Magic still nope

  • the main thing is to calculate the length of the electrical cable.

  • This could be a start for a new secret NAVY program. It makes ZERO sound underwater. Imagine a submarine with nuclear rockets and without any sound !

    • not really the fin structure is less efficient the more you scale it up and it would still make sound due to the motors needed to run the fins

  • Like a ray.

  • it does well in water than land

  • It looks like a manta ray swimming or a squid.

  • Cuttlefish on land - hope to se one with gopro crawling in the great pyramids og Egypt

  • Some sound and explanation about it would be nice. Fascinating though

  • For the next episod of black mirror .?

  • I want to travel to the future

  • Is it just me or does that make you uncomfortable 🥵

    • @Pimp Tilian not really the fin structure is bad at support weight and theres not a ton of weapons that can be good underwater and above at best it can be used to put mines on the surface and we already have cheeper faster better robots for that most probably will be used for scouting or sonar

  • I really cannot imagine the future 🤷🏻‍♂️