The fish are the work of Shoal, a pan-European ICT project made up of six organisations and partly funded by the European Union.
The yellow-coloured robotic fish are 1.5 metres five feet long and are driven by a dual-hinged tail that enables them to make tight turns.
They are battery powered and can run for up to eight hours before they need to be recharged.
Each one has a range of sensors and programming that allows it to navigate and gather information which it can share with other fish and relay back to researchers.
Mr Speller said: “Chemical sensors fitted to the fish permit real-time in-situ analysis, rather than the current method of sample collection and dispatch to a shore based laboratory.
“Furthermore, the Artificial Intelligence which has been introduced means that the fish can identify the source of pollution enabling prompt and more effective remedial action.”
Strange Random Robot Quote:
“I wish a robot would get elected president. That way, when he came to town, we could all take a shot at him and not feel too bad.” – Jack Handy
- Robotic fish detect water pollution (blogs.canada.com)
- UK: SHOAL Develops Intelligent Robotic Fish for Pollution Detection (worldmaritimenews.com)
- I’ll Be Bass: Pollution-Hunting Robot Fish Takes To The Water (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- Autonomous Pollution-Hunting Robot Fish Introduced into Their (Un)natural Habitat [Robotics] (gizmodo.com)
- Robo-Fish: The Robotic Fish Designed To Detect Pollution (inhabitat.com)
- Intelligent Robotic Fish Takes to the Sea (i-programmer.info)
- Robotic ‘fish’ take to seas to catch pollution sooner (worldnews.msnbc.msn.com)
- Robot Fish Take To The Sea To Stop Pollution [Video] (inquisitr.com)
It is likely to cost the taxpayer around £20,000 but officials will not confirm figures, and will only say they made sure it offers value for money.
The idea has been adopted from the private sector, where businesses use internal information to measure performance.
It is expected to include up-to-date crime figures, unemployment statistics and NHS waiting lists.
While it will only be available to Mr Cameron, ministers and officials at first, there are plans to make it available to the public at a later date.
Strange Random Government Quote:
- David Cameron? There’s a £20,000 iPad App For That (itproportal.com)
- What’s on David Cameron’s iPad? (guardian.co.uk)
- Want To Run A Country? There’s An App For That – David Cameron Is Getting An iPad App To Run Britain (thetechnologycafe.com)
- David Cameron ‘to get his own personalised iPad app’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Special iPad app to be designed for David Cameron (thesun.co.uk)
- David Cameron to get personalised iPad app for live stats and Twitter – Metro (metro.co.uk)
- David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app (go.theregister.com)
New Website Launched To Allow Victims Of Street Crime To Map Where In London They Were Robbed | Technology | Sky News
A new website has been launched allowing victims of street crime to report and map where in London they were robbed or assaulted.
Streetviolence.org provides a Google map of the capital on which users can pinpoint where they were targeted and also describe the incident.
The charity Witness Confident, which is behind the initiative, hopes it will help warn people about local crime hotspots, encourage witnesses to come forward, allow victims to thank Good Samaritans and let users track arrests and prosecutions of law-breakers.
Scotland Yard has refused to endorse the site and has warned that using a website to report crimes could delay investigations.
But Witness Confident director Guy Dehn said the new site “cuts the initial hassle and frustration that puts many victims off reporting the crime to begin with”.
Scotland Yard said it had worked with the charity for over a year after expressing interest in some of its early plans.
But officials reached a decision not to support the launch earlier this month.
Strange Random Crime Quote:
- Police website to reveal crime hotspots (independent.co.uk)
- London mugging map: Website allows victims to pinpoint attacks (dailymail.co.uk)
- Victim of street-crime in London? There’s a map for that. (thenextweb.com)
- Website alerts police to muggings (bbc.co.uk)
- Witness Confident: can a street violence map encourage more victims to report crime? (guardian.co.uk)
- The mugging map: Website allows victims to pinpoint exactly where they were attacked¿but police say it could delay investigations (dailymail.co.uk)
- New mugging website launched (thesun.co.uk)
In the Netherlands a weekend break can become a weekend break-up for couples hoping for a swift and cheap divorce.
They meet a mediator and series of lawyers behind closed doors who will split assets, agree alimony payments and arrange visitation rights – all for a fixed fee.
It is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jim Halfens, who said he spotted a gap in the market in a country where the average divorce can easily run into five figures and take months to complete.
“The only thing that happens then in Dutch law is that they have to show the agreement to a judge in the Netherlands and that takes a couple of weeks.
“They walk divorced out of this door and to make it official takes a couple of weeks.”
Sales manager Ninke Bons explains that the couples, who often check in together, but mostly choose to stay in separate rooms, are handled with care by the staff.
“We treat them as any other guests, we just try to keep a closer eye on them or make sure they are not wandering around by themselves,” she says.
“Just as an example – we would normally enquire if a guest enjoyed their stay at the hotel. Well, obviously that’s not very appropriate in the case of the Divorce Hotel.”
Strange Random Divorce Quote:
- ‘Divorce Hotel’ to Untie Knot (foxnews.com)
- Russell Brand to Katy Perry — I Don’t Want Your Divorce Money (tmz.com)
- Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Invited to Stay at the ‘Divorce Hotel’ (aoltv.com)
- Sky News and anti-social media (newstatesman.com)
Scientists Say Super Lenses Supplying Information Technology Are No Longer Just For Science Fiction | Technology | Sky News
A contact lens has been developed that could one day allow the wearer to read emails, news reports and other digitised information – like a Terminator cyborg.
The prototype infovision super lens is aimed at allowing personalised information to be streamed across the user’s line of vision.
The idea is that messages and images flit onto the lens so they are available in an instant, wherever the wearer is.
It could also be used for health reasons, for example giving up-to-date information on blood sugar levels and other potentially important medical information.
Strange Random Lens Quote:
- The contact lenses that help you check your emails (telegraph.co.uk)
- Terminator-Style Contact Lens Projects Info Before Your Eyes (healthland.time.com)
- Terminator-style vision gets closer with new ‘smart’ contact lenses (digitaltrends.com)
- Here comes the future: Augmented reality contact lenses have been tested on rabbits (thenextweb.com)
- Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision (go.theregister.com)
Zottel The Goat, Used As A Mascot By SVP, Is Snatched From His Stable In Zurich, Switzerland | Strange News | Sky News
Zottel has been used in political hustings and campaigns since 2006 by the Swiss People’s Party SVP.
But sometime during the night of October 14, he and another goat were snatched from their stable in Zurich, at the home of Swiss MP Ernst Schibli.
Mr Schibli said he had received an anonymous letter with death threats to “fascist goat Zottel” this summer.
Left-wing group Anti-Fascist Action have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping in a statement posted on the internet – which the SVP responded to by issuing a statement demanding Zottel’s return.
Strange Random Goat Quote:
“Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.” – Yiddish Proverb
- Swiss Political Group Gets Far-Right Rival’s Goat With Mascot Kidnapping (foxnews.com)
- Zürich demonstrates for global change (tryingtobeconscious.wordpress.com)
- SWITZERLAND: ‘Anti-Muslim Immigration’ far right party’s popularity skyrockets! (barenakedislam.wordpress.com)
- Zurich Journal: Political Parties on Fringe Abound in Switzerland (nytimes.com)
- Home – ZURICH4YOU.CH – THE NEW ENGLISH WEBSITE FOR EXPATS IN ZURICH (zwitserlandforum.wordpress.com)
- It Can Lead the World Out of Chaos (lewrockwell.com)