Regardless of the power source, the robotic jellyfish have to operate on their own for months at a time in the ocean.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that researchers from Virginia Tech University and their colleagues have been given a $5-million grant from the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Office of Naval Research to create robotic jellyfish that could one day patrol the oceans.
Researchers recently unveiled an autonomous robotic jellyfish that is a bigger version of a robotic jellyfish the same team developed in 2012. Cyro is 5 foot 7 inches in length and weighs 170 pounds. The first robotic jellyfish, nicknamed RoboJelly, was approximately the size of a man’s hand.