First robotic diver
Last updated: February 10, 2019 at 19:03 pm
OceanOne (2016), a humanoid robotic diver from Stanford University, is powered by artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems. Haptic or kinesthetic communication recreates the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user.¹ OceanOne was used to explore and to recover artifacts from the wreck of Louis XIV’s flagship La Lune, which sank to a depth of 100 m off the southern coast of France in 1664.
With guidance from a team of skilled deep-sea archaeologists who had studied the site, Oussama Khatib, a professor of computer science at Stanford, spotted a grapefruit-size vase. He hovered precisely over the vase, reached out, felt its contours and weight, and stuck a finger inside to get a good grip. He swam over to a recovery basket, gently laid down the vase and shut the lid. Then he stood up and high-fived the dozen archaeologists and engineers who had been crowded around him. This entire time Khatib had been sitting comfortably in a boat, using a set of joysticks to control OceanOne, a humanoid diving robot outfitted with human vision, haptic force feedback and an artificial brain – in essence, a virtual diver. — Bjorn Carey | Stanford News Service (April 27, 2016)
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