Thursday, October 29

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This solar-powered SlothBot is here to help endangered plant species

Georgia Tech’s artificial sloth is joining the fight to save endangered plant species. You might be able to spot the robot’s large round head, bulging eyes and emoji-like smile during your next visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.The slow-moving, energy-efficient and solar-powered SlothBot hangs from the botanical garden’s trees. It monitors plants, animals and environmental conditions like carbon dioxide levels. Engineering students at Georgia Tech modeled the robot after real sloths who also lead low-energy lifestyles.“SlothBot embraces slowness as a design principle,” professor Magnus Egerstedt said according to GovTech. “That’s not how robots are typically designed today. But being slow and hyper-energy efficient will allow SlothBot to linger in the environ...