Sepios Robot: Smart Nautical Robot


Sepios Robot, Sepios

Sepios Robot: Sepios actually has four independently controllable fins that allow it to rotate on any axis and translate in any direction. Each of these fins contains nine rays which are put into action by a sensor-coupled motor (servomotor). Each of these rays has a range of 270 degrees, allowing the fins to generate thrust in angled positions. In turn, each of these rays has a range of 270 degrees, allowing a fin to also generate thrust in angled stances.

The students have likened Sepios to a hybrid of a cuttlefish and a knife fish. Due to the system design, different configurations of fins are used to modify movement. For example, the creators say that a knifefish can be mimicked through the use of a single downward-oriented fin. In turn, two-finned cuttlefish configurations are also possible. At 70 centimeters long, with a fin span of 95 centimeters, the final version of Sepios can dive down to a depth of 10 meters and move at a cruising clip of 1.8 kilometers per hour. It has a battery life of 1 hour 30 minutes. In May, the team tethered an earlier version of Sepios and put it out to sea, where it managed to maneuver through sea grass and attract fish with its fins. The team noted how it was “amazing” that Sepio was able “to dive between seagrass under stormy water conditions!”


Length 70 cm
Wingspan 95 cm
Weight 22.7 kg
Parts > 4700
Speed 1.8 km/h
Time 1 h 30 min
Current 2 to 40 A
max. Depth 10 m


  • Country: Switzerland 
  • Company: ETH Zurich

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