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Row-Bots Rowing Down the River

Robots Rowing Rowing Down the River with Row-Bot  Researchers from the Laboratory of Hydrodynamics at France's Ecole Polytechnique in Paris have used a crew of robots to determine how rowing teams could row more efficiently.  Rowing teams row in time and in sync with each other. That's thought to create the fastest possible glide to the finish line.  The robot team has put that into question. Different Strokes The robot team can up with different strokes.  8 robots rowed a racing shell.  When they rowed in tandem it resulted in significant acceleration and deceleration.  Between team strokes the deceleration was 20%.  Out of sync rowing resulted in much better times.  There's 5% less friction on the boat's hull and the speed variance is just 2% as opposed to 12% with in-sync rowing. Human Weight Factor The robotic research uncovered another factor.  The force of the human rowers' weight pushing forward also propelled and accelerated the boat when th