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Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks

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Said Stanford University's Oussama Khatib, "This is the first time that a robot has been capable of going to such a depth, interacting with the environment, and permitting the human operator to feel that environment."

Credit: CNN

The OceanOneK robot built by Stanford University researchers is exploring shipwrecks and sunken planes on the ocean floor.

The 1.5-meter (five-foot)-long robot resembles a human diver, with arms, hands, and a pair of “eyes” providing three-dimensional vision for full-color representation of the underwater environment for remote operators.

Rearward computers and multidirectional thrusters help OceanOneK maneuver around sunken objects.

The robot's control system enables operators to sense water resistance and the shapes of artifacts through haptic feedback. The OceanOneK incorporates sensors and algorithms that allow the robot to function autonomously and to avoid collisions.

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