This is the latest creation from the futuristic minds of MIT, named SoFi, a robotic fish that was designed to study marine life even closer. The robot, as pictured in the video above, is controlled remotely by a rewired Super Nintendo controller. Yup, you read that right, it’s a SNES controller! You can tell these scientists are most likely millenials.
The vintage video game buttons gives SoFi realistic swimming abilities by undulating it’s tail left, and has no problems with functionality in depths of over 50 feet.
The robot fish can also swim among his “companions” for up to 40 minutes at a time, letting scientists really get a closer, and more natural look, at the different marine life.
“To our knowledge, this is the first robotic fish that can swim untethered in three dimensions for extended periods of time,” says CSAIL PhD candidate Robert Katzschmann, lead author of the new journal article published today in Science Robotics. “We are excited about the possibility of being able to use a system like this to get closer to marine life than humans can get on their own.”
Using it’s own buoyancy SoFi is capable (with a little help from the MIT staff) of moving in any direction, kind of like a miniature robotic submarine. With the excitement surrounding the possibilities you better bet that there is a fully equipped onboard camera with a live feed feeding back. Check out some of the footage, courtesy of the MITCSAIL youtube channel, below to see this thing in action…