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Cubic marine robotics

Modular robotics offers design flexibility that could enable the scale-up of robotic systems for marine applications. We have developed simple repeating cubic modular components that can be assembled and reconfigured to create different types of underwater robots for marine applications, enabling them to navigate and perform tasks underwater with ease and efficiency.

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Fig. 1: Cubic marine robotics.


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We acknowledge the significant efforts of Y. Chen for support in designing and developing marine robotics. We also thank H. Ma for support in wireless power transfer, and M. Liu for support in the multi-agent collaboration. We thank Hainan Institute, Zhejiang University and Key Lab of CS&AUS of Zhejiang Province, Polytechnic Institute for providing testing and sea trial conditions. Special thanks to Zhejiang Auceantech and Shanghai Yihaichong New Energy Technology for their efforts in prototype commercialization and promotion. Special thanks to the Natural Science Foundation of China for their financial backing (52271352, 52350003 and T2125009).

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Zhou, J., Hu, S., Li, T. et al. Cubic marine robotics. Nat Rev Electr Eng 1, 143–144 (2024).

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