Monday, May 16, 2016
OceanOne Robo a bimanual underwater humanoid robot with haptic feedback allows human pilots an unprecedented ability to explore the depths of the oceans in high fidelity.
It has arms and hands of a sort, and a head with wide eyes to accommodate two cameras that give it stereo vision — the better to watch what its hands are doing. It is equipped with artificial intelligence so it can do things like avoid obstacles on its own. But a human does operate it from the surface. And, as Oussama Khatib, who designed OceanOne points out, “It has a friendly face.”
OceanOne does lack two human attributes — legs. Like a merman or mermaid, its aft end is devoted to propulsion, although it uses thrusters rather than a tail.