On-going research to develop low cost autonomous robotic swans capable of real-time sampling in fresh water bodies with centralized data storage tools for diverse data acquisition by autonomous sensing nodes, effective visualization as well as interoperability with existing database and prediction models.
According to the NUSwan research team, their robot swans can paddle up to 3 knots, are programmable, operate autonomously, are able to return automatically to their recharging stations, can operate without supervision, and integrate naturally with recreational activities — which is definitely worth further examination, given that even humans don’t always integrate well with water-based recreational activities. The robot swans currently cost between $20,000 and $30,000, though the price is expected to decrease with further innovation and increased production.
Singapore has received global recognition for its innovative and prodigious investments in water. According to MIT’s Center for Environmental Sensing and Monitoring, since 2006, Singapore has committed $470 million to grow the water sector. Singapore is best known for NEWater, its successful, three-decade effort to make recycled water — wastewater treated and reused for drinking water — a staple of daily Singapore life.
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