IBEX 2018: French firm introduces marina-cleaning robot to U.S. market

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French robotics manufacturer IADYS introduced a surface-running robot for cleaning up marinas this week at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference.

The Jellyfishbot is a yellow robot that floats on the surface, guided by propellers and thrusters and with a remote control that works to about 450 yards.

“It’s powered by two batteries that give it eight hours of running time,” said company founder Cyril Castello. “In about a year, we’ll have a Roomba-like version that will be fully automated and able to detect things ahead like boats, walls or even ice, so the marina owners can just let it run.”

Jellyfishbot cleans up trash, debris and even oil on the surface. Castello, who was in the French pavilion at IBEX, said the show was a “good introduction” to the U.S. market, but he hoped to have met more marina owners in the United States.

Castello said the Jellyfishbot also can be used in ports, rivers, canals and along the coast.

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