Biomimetic Tilt Sensor and Turning Mechanism

This IP relates to a tilt sensor design based on a jellyfish's natural directional sensing organ.  This sensor was integrated with a robotic jellyfish vehicle to show the viability of this type of sensor with UUVs. Custom-built electronics were designed to split up a single input signal into 8 differing signals, allowing individual actuators to be controlled independently. This setup has provided the robot with the ability to sense and respond to direction.  Artificial sensors are better than accelerometers in that they reduce the complexity involved in extracting the tilt angle as the voltage readings are directly obtained.

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Grant Brewer
Senior Licensing Associate
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
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Colin Smith
Shashank Priya