The diving robot used for research is a humanoid technology wonder who is capable of exploring the depths of the ocean. Resembling a mechanical mermaid, “OceanOne” is controlled by researchers using joysticks.
Combining mechanics, artificial intelligence and the latest technology the robot can execute tasks more accurately than ROVs. Referred to as “OceanOne”, the robot was created by researchers from two top universities in the world: KAUST of Saudi Arabia and Stanford.
On its first dive, the robotic mermaid explored the shipwreck La Lune, off the coast of France. This 17th century ship was part of King Louis XIV’s fleet and was sunk in 1664. Controlled by its creator, the robot managed to retrieve a vase from the over 300 years old wreckage.
Unlike the previous technology used for exploring the ocean’s floor, OceanOne is agile and easy to operate, offering precise human-like movements. The robot is also impressive because it can dive to a maximum depth of 6562 feet, compared to the record of 2300 feet reached by a human hyperbaric diver.
This new fascinating creation has multiple benefits for researchers, as it can efficiently dive without the hazards faced by human divers. Using the mermaid robot ensures a better exploration of areas previously unavailable to us due to the dangers they posed.
When underwater, OceanOne can get a sense of its surroundings using sensors and it can move accordingly. Its human-like arms and hands are built to function with stability for the robot to execute the tasks assigned.
Its creator, Oussama Khatib, is the one who operated OceanOne on his first dive. He explained that the experience is shared by the pilot who could feel exactly the movements made by the robot. This amazing connection is due to the sensors that allow OceanOne to send real-time feedback to its pilot.
Apart from exploratory dives, this technology might be used for oil rigs maintenance, research at dangerous depths and other tasks that are too difficult or even impossible for humans.
As it is still a prototype, OceanOne will return to Stanford for further tests. His first dive proved successful, so its creators hope to build more human-like robots and have them dive together. The creation of the diving robot used for research ensures that we will be able to reach previously inaccessible areas, without endangering divers or scientists.
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