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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Divers will replace the robot-diver

To get the treasures and other objects from great depths will be much easier with the invention of scientists at Stanford University. Robot-diver, created in the image of man, save the divers from hazardous work.

Originally a humanoid mechanism called OceanOne was designed for the study of coral reefs in the Red sea, it was intended for those of the depths to which divers descend dangerous. However, it turned out that the robot with artificial intelligence, the “growth” of 1.5 meters, with stereoscopic vision on the head, which transmits to the operator on the land all that he can see with his “eyes” – was indispensable for many tasks, up to the repair of underwater pipelines. Among other things, and “hands” artificial “frogman” moving in the likeness of a human, they can be controlled at a distance. The developers have thought of everything even the reverse tactile communication: the operator who manages the artificial diver can feel how heavy or light and fragile subject was able to lift the robot. The computer calculates the diver the force of compression that the objects were not damaged.

In addition, special sensors and motors allow him to stay in one position, resisting the flow, and to avoid collisions. Interestingly, in those cases, when the engines fail and not slowing down, the robot puts his hands forward, preparing to strike. When OceanOne dives along with people, he “may” to share with other divers gestures.

Review researcher at the Autonomous systems laboratory at MIPT Peter MUKHACHEVA:

– The main advantage of this robot — ability to work under water to those people who are unable to scuba dive. He is able to carry out works that require fine motor skills and special skills, which is not for everyone scuba diver. This may be the repair of defects of pipelines, undersea communication lines, piers, archaeological work and study underwater life. Such a robot is controlled by cable operator at a distance up to 300-400 meters. So it will not be able to work in inaccessible places: at considerable depths, hazardous or remote areas. The Autonomous systems lab, MIPT fills this gap and develops devices that can operate without human intervention. Even hazardous or hard to reach places. They will be able to search for different objects on the seabed make measurements of environmental parameters such as acidity, salinity, water chemistry, flow direction, and send them in a single information system that is needed to instantly respond to environmental threats.

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