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The real life Pokéball designed to capture sea creatures

 

The deep ocean is one of the least explored environments on planet earth, an interdisciplinary team from Harvard University have set out to change that with their latest creation. Most of the sea creatures that live in the deep ocean are extremely soft and delicate so capturing and studying them without harming the creatures is extremely hard. The device has a number of 3D printed petal shaped plates that open up and once the subject is inside they gently close and captures the creature. It gets its name RAD (Rotary Actuated Dodecahedron) from the dodecahedron shape it forms when closed. The RAD has been tested in an aquarium and then also remotely operated in the ocean just off the Californian coast. 

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