Battery & Electrification Technology

Hyper-Efficient 'SlothBot' Uses Innovative Power Management Technology

SlothBot, a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot developed at Georgia Tech , is being tested at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Designed to take advantage of the low-energy lifestyle of real sloths, SlothBot can linger in the trees to monitor plants, animals, carbon dioxide levels, and other environmental information. The robot is powered by solar panels and moves along a cable strung between trees. The robot features novel power management technology; it's programmed to move only when necessary, and will locate sunlight when its batteries need recharging. SlothBot’s 3D-printed shell protects its motors, gearing, batteries, and sensing equipment from the weather.