“Robot-mermaid” will get from the depths of the ocean treasures of sunken ships

Robotics 20 Mar 2018
“Robot-mermaid” will get from the depths of the ocean treasures of sunken ships

Underwater robot OceanOne

Even the most modern equipment does not allow divers to descend to depths that lie beyond the limits of physical possibilities. Then robots come to help people. The Stanford University team developed the humanoid robot OceanOne, designed for deepwater research.

Already during the first dive, the robot examined a ship sunken in the 17th century. In the future, it is planned to expand the scope of his “interests” by studying coral reefs, servicing oil platforms and working in the disaster zone.

Underwater robot OceanOne

Many underwater robots have already been created, moving like some marine animals – jellyfish, squid , octopus and sea rays. However, according to researchers from Stanford, the human body has no less “underwater” potential, so it was decided to give OceanOne human traits.

Underwater robot OceanOne

The robot is somewhat like a mermaid. Its length is 1.5 meters. It is equipped with articulated arms, stereoscopic vision, eight thrusters, computers and power supplies. Remote control is carried out with the help of a joystick from a boat or a boat .

One of its creators, Professor of Computer Science Ousama Khatib, told OceanOne:

“Our goal is to create a machine with the characteristics of a person capable of working at great depths and, as far as possible, humanly assess what he has seen.”

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