OceanOne Humanoid Robot Discovers Depths of the Oceans Exploring Coral Reefs

OceanOne Humanoid Robot Discovers Depths of the Oceans Exploring Coral Reefs

The robot, called OceanOne, is powered by artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems, allowing human pilots an extraordinary ability to discover the depths of the oceans in high fidelity. It is a humanoid robot that can dive to depths of 1,000 meters, while being teleoperated from the surface. The robot is a two-handed, anthropomorphic bot that provides haptic feedback, it means that the pilot can “feel” what the robot reaches out and touches. It was tested at the archeological site of the shipwreck La Lune off the coast of France. La Lune, a flagship that sank in the Mediterranean in 1664. It lies under 300 feet of water, far beyond the reach of recreational SCUBA divers, who limit themselves to 130 feet. “You can feel exactly what the robot is doing,” Oussama Khatib, leader of the OceanOne project, said. “It’s almost like you are there; with the sense of touch you create a new dimension of perception.” The goal is for OceanOne to help out on missions that are too dangerous for human divers. While OceanOne is still a prototype, the project may ultimately become a fleet of robotic divers, working together as human pilots guide them from afar. While its first test was on a shipwreck, the initial inspiration for OceanOne was to create something that would allow researchers explore the extraordinarily deep (and relatively unstudied) coral reefs of the Red Sea. There are also other researchers working on similar technology, such as robot hands that can be attached to submersibles. These robots have already existed in underwater that is exploring and discovering monsters and shipwrecks. But OceanOne is more powerful and it seems more real than any other samples of such technology. “OceanOne will be your avatar,” Khatib said. “The intent here is to have a human diving virtually, to put the human out of harm’s way. Having a machine that has human characteristics that can project the human diver’s embodiment at depth is going to be amazing.”

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