Photos: Robot submarines make waves

The 2006 version of the SubjuGator is the fifth generation of the autonomous submarine, with about 70 percent new parts in rebuilding the 2005 design, including most of the electronics. And last year's model was no slouch, either--it, too, finished in first place.

This year's SubjuGator uses the embedded version of the Windows XP operating system on a single-board Pentium M computer, which run the vision system and advanced signal processing. Other components include sensors, motor controllers and microcontrollers. It was designed and built by students in the University of Florida's Machine Intelligence Lab.

Machine Intelligence Lab, University of Florida

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