美国科技公司研发超逼真机器海豚!希望取代海洋公园的真海豚!

海豚一直都是海洋主题乐园的深受欢迎的动物,超群的智商加上呆萌的形象让不少民众远道而来一睹风采。但随着近年来环保意识抬头,加上科技迅速发展,美国一家科技公司正在打造能够和人进行互动的机器海豚,逼真程度堪比真实的海豚。

An animatronic dolphin may be the harbinger of a new era for aquariums that  rely on marine mammals for entertainment - ASME

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身长260公分,重量250公斤的机器海豚由医疗级矽胶所制成,单凭肉眼观察就难以辨别该机器海豚的真实性。研究的最初目的是为了一项教育试验计划,加上环保意识抬头,美国科技公司Edge Innovations才特意研发了这一款机器海豚。

The robot dolphin that could replace captive animals at theme parks one day

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该公司的创办人兼执行长Walt Conti指出, 如今全球大约有3000只海豚被人类圈养来谋取利益,与海豚互动可为业者赚进几十亿美元,很明显大家都很喜爱海豚,并且想与它们进行更多互动。

“因此我们想善用大家对海豚的渴望,以提供不同的方式让大家接触海豚。”

At The Living Seas exhibit at Disneyworld?s Epcot center, which features a six million gallon aquarium, a robotic dolphin (also known as the Dolphin Robotic Unit, or DRU) would swim around the tank and interact with real divers and real sea life as part of a scripted performance for guests. It didn?t fool anyone until the robotic dolphin was used as part of an interactive experience at Castaway Cay, a private island Disney owns in the Bahamas used as a stop for its various cruise ships. Guests were able to get in the water and interact with the dolphin, and despite knowing it was a robot, the experience felt far more real given how close they were able to get to it.

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该公司也表示,他们一直希望好莱坞电影中的逼真特效动物总有一天能够取代这些被圈养的野生动物,并且代替它们取悦主题公园里的民众。该公司过去曾参与多部好莱坞电影的特效动物制作,其中包括《Free Willy》、《Deep Blue Sea》等。据了解,该机器海豚的成本大约是4000万到5000万美元之间,并且需要由人工来进行控制,一次充电即可在水中遨游10小时。

ANIMATRONIC DOLPHIN - WINTER - YouTube

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该公司目前正在向中国各大海洋公园推销该机器海豚,预计在未来3年内可售出150只,虽然机器海豚的成本不低,但与活体动物长期的医疗和日常伙食开销相比,相信机器海豚可带来的效益还是相当可观。


新闻来源:TheJakartaPostMetro

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