The Bio-Cleaner 2 was the brainchild of designers Hsiang-Han Hsu, Tzu-I Wen, Jhih-Jie Wang and Yih-Wenn Luo from Fortune Institute of Technology.
The idea is to use Shewanella oneidensis, a bacteria that digests heavy metals that pollute water. The bacteria would live inside the robosnake and as the snake swims around in ponds, oceans, or lakes the pollutants would pass through robosnake’s mouth where they’d be broken down by the bacteria in much the same way bacteria in our digestive system breaks down what we eat.
The really neat thing about the design, if they can make it work, is that the bacteria will generate electricity to power the robosnake.
The snake has GPS so that it can be located for maintenance and repair.
Bio-Cleaner 2 will take a few years to bring to market, if it happens at all. The designers are hoping to have these things swimming around in the water by 2020.