A slow moving robot called SlothBot is helping scientists collect conservation data. Collecting extensive data about different environments is a long process. This makes it difficult for experts to catch everything they need to protect endangered species. SlothBot gives scientists a reliable way to collect detailed information from various settings.
SlothBot is solar-powered and only moves when necessary. It hangs from a cable in a canopy to track things like temperatures, climate, and carbon dioxide levels. SlothBot is being used to preserve biodiversity without much interference from human interactions.
"Being slow and hyper-energy efficient will allow SlothBot to linger in the environment to observe things we can only see by being present continuously for months or even years," said Magnus Egerstedt, from Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Most robots are not intentionally slow. However, valuing this slowness gives comprehensive reports to understand the best methods to protect diverse ecosystems.