Development of data logger separator for bio-logging of wild seabirds

Takuma Abe, Natsumi Kubo, Kazuki Abe, Hirokazu Suzuki, Yuichi Mizutani, Ken Yoda, Riichiro Tadakuma, Yuichi Tsumaki

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The bio-logging technique is extensively used in the fields of ecology and ethology, wherein a data logger, such as a sensor or camera, is attached to the target animal’s body to collect the required data. In this method, the efficiency of recovery of the data logger is not ideal. In this study, we proposed a new recovery method, with the aim of addressing the aforemen-tioned problem in bio-logging. The authors previously fabricated a data-logger separator, which weighed ap-proximately 10 g, and was targeted at small seabirds. Because there were some problems associated with the circuit board and the separation performance of this device, we modified the device to overcome the previ-ous drawbacks. We fabricated a flexible printed circuit to improve the operation of the mounted actuator and wireless microcomputer, and improve the efficiency of the fabrication process. We conducted an experiment to determine the proper length and position at which the actuator is attached, in order to achieve a stable motion. We thus fabricated a new prototype with these improvements and performed an operational test at low temperatures from a particu-lar distance, simulating actual usage in a natural en-vironment. The results demonstrated that separation occurred without failure, thus indicating that the separator can be efficiently used in practical environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)446-456
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Robotics and Mechatronics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Bio-logging
  • Flexible printed circuits (FPC)
  • Separation device for data-logger

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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