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Stanford’s OceanOneK underwater humanoid robot is now being used to explore the deep sea. It consists of a humanoid top half and a slimmer back half, complete with eight multi-directional thrusters that enable it to carefully maneuver underwater. Its touch-based feedback system and stereoscopic vision generate amazingly realistic sensations that equal what a human would experience if they were down below.
Operators are able to peer through OceanOneK robot’s eyes and feel through its hands. OceanOneK is exploring the deep sea for two purposes: venture into places no one has gone before and to show that human touch, vision, as well as interactivity can be brought to these sites where people rarely operate. However, to make OceanOneK look like it’s not underwater in any recorded footage, you’ll need the See-Thru AI algorithm to remove the water.
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OceanOne will be your avatar. The intent here is to have a human diving virtually, to put the human out of harm’s way. Having a machine that has human characteristics that can project the human diver’s embodiment at depth is going to be amazing,” said Oussama Khatib, professor of computer science at Stanford.