In BEAM robotics, a swimmer is a robot that functions on or in a liquid environment. These are sometimes referred to as aquabots or aquavores (the latter being a misnomer, as they are not "water eaters"). Swimmers include various designs, but usually lie within a device class that can be delineated as a watercraft, usually a boat but includes any vehicle designed to move across (or through) water.
- Boatbots : Self-propelled on the surface of a liquid; construction akin to surface watercrafts.
- Subbots : Self-propelled under the surface of a liquid; construction akin to submarines.
- Seale, Eric, "Aquavore". The EncycloBEAMia, 2003.
- Northeastern University, Biomimetic Underwater Robot Program (BURP)
- "Robot fish to resurrect fossils" Sci/Tech, BBC, February 25, 1999.
- "Robofish splash down in Tokyo". BBC, 16 March, 2000.
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