Twenty years after the introduction of the first-generation design (2002), iRobot’s Roomba has spawned many competitors for indoor cleaning and made several improvements to its original capabilities. Interactive Autonomous Dynamic Systems (IADYS) has implemented the concept of autonomous robots to deal with cleaner and safer water in rivers, canals, lakes, ponds, shipyards and more. IADYS ‘ Jellyfish autonomously collects waste and detects hydrocarbons on the surface of various water bodies.

Small enough to be easily transported and posed on a golf course pond, Jellyfishbot can collect floating debris and invasive organisms such as duck lenses, as well as collect golf balls and fireworks debris and collect hydrocarbons. Equipped with various additional probes, it can also measure water quality (salinity, temperature, turbidity, cyanobacteria (microorganisms associated with bacteria that are capable of photosynthesis) and phytoplankton (plant-like organisms that play a key role in removing carbon dioxide from the air) levels of concentration and more in lakes, ocean tributaries or rivers.

Different types of sensors help Jellyfishbot improve waterways and avoid disruption to other ongoing activities. For example, avoiding obstacles is achieved with the help of LiDAR. For remote control when out of sight, the on-board camera allows the operator to navigate. Jellyfishbot can be equipped with various probes to measure water quality and perform bathymetric surveys on the beds or floors of water bodies, including the ocean, rivers, streams and lakes.

Four versions of Jellyfishbot are available for different modes of operation: start package is a remotely controlled version for restricted areas, open packaging with on-board camera, global navigation system and 4G connection is for autonomous work in more open areas, where the robot can work autonomously with a minimum of 10 m from objects, smart package is a standalone version with fixed obstacle avoidance and extended package is a standalone version to avoid moving obstacles.

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