Published By : 27 Mar 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
It has always been difficult to track sea animals due to several reasons, primarily as a result of unpredictability regarding movement of organisms. However, the tracking process is soon expected to improve thanks to a new exoskeleton launched at a prominent university in Saudi Arabia.
Tracking of Sea Animals Gets a Boost
Most devices that were earlier used had less durability when it came to resisting the deteriorating conditions existing in a marine environment. However, a new marine skin is being developed by researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia that promises to get rid of the ‘crudeness’ offered by previous designs. The new exoskeleton being developed is lightweight, flexible, and less expensive, which are three factors most buyers prefer to consider. This marine exoskeleton was mainly developed to provide users a device that is not only quite easy to operate but also provides comfort to the animals on which it is worn. The exoskeleton project is led by Mustafa Hussain in collaboration with the Red Sea Research Institute.
The device is made of a flexible silicone substrate and is designed in such a way that its frame could survive being twisted or tossed upon hard rocks. The marine skin is also theoretically said to withstand high pressures of the marine environment, at least till a moderate depth. The skin can not only send back data about an organisms position, on which it is affixed, but is also designed to track salinity, temperature, pressure, depth, and other such parameters. Using its quality sensors, the device can also be used to track the creature’s own movement-based preferences, thus monitoring its marine surroundings in a comprehensive manner. The skin uses a watch battery, which according to the researchers could last at least a year. Transmission of information over long distances is however suspected to reduce the life of the battery. For now, information can be sent through Bluetooth.