Scientists and filmmakers, lead by Yvon Le Maho of the University of Strasbourg in France, created a remote controlled penguin robot to get near to those shy penguins in Adelie Land, Antarctica. Through this way, researchers can further study the behavior, health, and other things they would like to know with our little penguin friends.
Adelie Land, Antarctica is also the place where “March of the Penguins” documentary took place in 2005.
Normally, scientist tried to get near to those animals but they seems to shy that they go away; animals’ heart rate goes up and this is the thing that scientist don’t want to happen and to measure. The first version of robot scientist had was a rover made of fiberglass where it scared the penguins instead.
With this little robot penguin covered with gray fur, sports black arms, and a black-and-white face with a black beak, they did not seem to go away. Instead, it seems like they were looking for a mate for our little robot.
The reason scientist use rover to make studies is that they worry that penquings behavior might change when they get close to them.
The researchers positioned 650 feet away from these animals. They just let the robot snuggle with them, checking their vital health and more. However, it looks like these penguins are disppointed as the robot won’t respond to their singing. With that, scientist is planning to incorporated sounds to the next version of robot that they will be releasing on the field.