Hull Bug

The Robotic Hull Bio-inspired Underwater Grooming tool, or HULL BUG, is being tested by the Office of Naval Research as a hull-cleaning device. The HULL BUG is similar in concept to an autonomous robotic home vacuum cleaner and uses a biofilm detector to differentiate between the clean and unclean surfaces on the hull of a ship.

The Robotic Hull Bio-inspired Underwater Grooming tool, or HULL BUG, is being tested by the Office of Naval Research as a hull-cleaning device. The HULL BUG is similar in concept to an autonomous robotic home vacuum cleaner and uses a biofilm detector to differentiate between the clean and unclean surfaces on the hull of a ship.

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  1. “…uses a biofilm detector to differentiate between the clean and unclean surfaces on the hull…”

    So the robot’s function is to “clean”, yet perceives biological activity- or, put more simply, life- as “unclean”?

    What could possibly go wrong?

      1. Ha that is good but no… I had more the “Nomad” episode of the old school Star Trek in mind:

        “Hull bug! What is your function?!”

        “STER-I-LIZE!”

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