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MIT Develops Oil-Cleaning Robot Army

by Andrew Price

August 27, 2010

It looks like a new oil-eating microbe has been helping to clean up the Deepwater Horizon mess, but if it's not around next time there's a spill, maybe we can use Seaswarm, a robot army developed by MIT's Sensable City Lab.

Sounds impressive, right? It is. The Senseable City Lab estimates that a team of 5,000 of these robots could clean a spill of Deepwater proportions in a month. The concept has been "tested" in the Charles River. No word if it's going commercial yet.

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MIT Develops Oil-Cleaning Robot Army