RoboClam anchor based on sea creature


10 Responses to “RoboClam anchor based on sea creature”

  1. Takuan says:

    kind of like a geoduck stinger?

    If you could pack nano-tubes with something that contracted in volume when electric current was applied, bundle thgem in varying lengths and address the end for individual impulse control, would you have the makings for a decent tongue/tentacle?

  2. David Pescovitz says:

    Great idea, Takuan. I’d like a demo by the end of Q109, k?

  3. eyemyth says:

    Mmm, razor clams.

    Too bad there’s no video of the device in action.

  4. Takuan says:

    looking at the razor clam again; all they need for an anchor is a ridged, semi rigid plastic tube and a pump. Tube end hits bottom, pump turns on, fluidized sand/silt/substrate liquefies and flows up hole perimeter as downward pressure bores to desired depth.Pump shuts off, sand etc. settles around outer tube ridges locking pipe in bottom. Turn pump back on when time to leave and use thrusters to go up. Either that or get a Wabbler.

  5. Takuan says:

    coat the outside with BAM

    would be interesting to see what surface geometry produced maximum anchoring despite BAM slipperiness when pump was off versus minimum friction when running.

  6. Takuan says:

    okeydokey….. (piezo effect or something else?…need someone with really tiny fingers…)

  7. Takuan says:

    OK, the basics are there, I’ll need a few million to get going. What’ve ya got for off the shelf control software?

  8. AceJohnny says:

    “useful as a detonator for buried underwater mines.”

    Or, you know, just as buried underwater mines. Nothing says “wink wink military applications” better than “can be used for demilitarizing”.

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