This is Proteus1. Proteus is a diving/climbing bot that glides through the water like an airplane. It can be configured
to sit on the bottom and climb or float on the surface and dive. The tail and both wings are adjustable to allow for
different rates of dive/climb, or to do banks to the left or right. This bot can even do flips and rolls. It is far to
powerful to test in my aquarium, as I think it will travel at least 15-20 feet on a shallow dive. This little guy would
just be to much fun in a large swimming pool. One of the design traits of Proteus and all of my Aquabots is a
distribution of weight and buoyancy that forces the bots to always right themselves solar cell side up. Even if
placed in the water upside down the bot will immediately flip over. This is very important, as a bot that comes to the
surface upside down is dead in the water. Proteus2 will have autonomous steering and a mechanical swim bladder.
Latest Journal Entry
Negatively Buoyant 12 Dec 2000
This little weight is the key to making
Proteus1 operate in two modes. With the
weight in place, the bot is slightly
negatively buoyant and sinks to the
bottom. With the weight removed, it is
slightly positively buoyant and floats.
Loads of hot summer fun in the sun.