A robot fish that won the 2022 Natural Robotics Contest hosted by the U.K.'s University of Surrey has been developed into a functioning prototype that can collect microplastics from waterways.
Developed from a design by student Eleanor Mackintosh, "Gillbert" is a three-dimensionally (3D) printed device the size of a salmon that features a set of gills with a fine mesh that can sieve 2 mm particles from the water.
The open-source design can be downloaded from the contest's website and produced by anyone with a 3D printer.
University of Surrey's Robert Siddall said upcoming improvements to the robot will allow it to move faster and autonomously.
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