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Have You Seen This? Stunningly awesome swimming robot

Posted April 26

UNDERWATER — Science is cool and all, but sometimes science can appear frightening, especially when it comes to robots.

Untippable robots and running robots are both fascinating and off-putting, as you can see here and here, but they’ve got nothing on this new eel-like robot.

The Eelume robot — introduced by international tech company Kongsberg Gruppen — looks like it slithered straight out of a sci-fi horror movie. Even though this robot was created for “subsea inspection and light intervention,” it’s hard not to see it as a mashup of a shrieking eel from “The Princess Bride” and one of Doc Oc’s killer robotic arms. Not a pleasant combination.

And no, it doesn’t help that it has red lights on its head, playing into the evil red-eyed robot tropes we’ve come to know and love. In fact, if the Terminator had a pet, it would probably be the Eelume, but with more deadly lasers.

Of course, when you stop having nightmares about this robot slithering up beneath you as swim in an ocean or lake, you can see how completely advanced and awesome the Eelume really is. It seems impossible that this little dude moves forward without thrusters, but that’s exactly what it’s doing as it maintains underwater equipment.

To learn more about the technical specs and purpose of Eelume, visit the Eelume website here. Otherwise, just wait for this robot to come visit your nightmares.

Martha Ostergar is the former Video Productions Manager of KSL.com. She has moved on to write elsewhere, but she can't seem to break her habit of cruising the Internet for amazing videos and writing about them. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.

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