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Dubai: Meet the human-like robot that can play pool and dive into the depths of the ocean to search for treasure – News

With a moving head equipped with 2 cameras for visual perception, OceanOneK has a pair of dexterous arms with fingers capable of grasping objects.

Humanoid OceanOneK at Deep Dive Dubai on October 27, 2023. Photos: Rahul Gajjar

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 6:36 p.m.

When the OceanOneK research and discovery robot dived at Deep Dive Dubai, it showcased its multifaceted capabilities, reflecting its commitment to advancing underwater technology. From playing pool to searching for treasure, the robot’s adaptability reveals the untapped potential beneath the surface.

The Stanford University Robotics Laboratory, led by Professor Oussama Khatib, developed OceanOneK. In an interview with Khaleej Times, Khatib revealed, “This robot had carried out various tasks, from exploring submerged planes and sunken ships to discovering artifacts dating back to the 16th century.”

This event celebrated the deep connection between humans and the underwater world, exemplified by OceanOneK’s seamless interaction with its environment.

Professor Oussama Khatib and team

Professor Oussama Khatib and team

OceanOneK is a unique humanoid robot with a slender design that features eight thrusters for precise underwater navigation. This advanced robot is equipped with a haptic system that allows it to perceive and interact with its environment through touch, similar to human touch sensation. The haptic interface may include touch sensors that detect forces exerted by the user, allowing OceanOneK to interact with objects in a manner similar to how humans use their sense of touch and vision.

With a moving head equipped with two cameras for visual perception, OceanOneK features a pair of dexterous arms with fingers capable of grasping and manipulating objects, mirroring human capabilities. This robot can venture to depths of up to 1,000 meters, earning it the name ‘OneK’.

The robot’s haptic feedback system and stereoscopic vision recreate remarkably realistic sensations similar to those a person encounters while diving underwater. This means that when an operator manipulates the controls to guide OceanOneK, the robot’s haptic feedback system allows it to physically perceive the underwater environment, including intricate details such as the shapes and textures of ancient artifacts.

As Khatib controlled the robot using the haptic device, he felt the sensation of being submerged underwater. He was able to observe various colors, including shades of pink, green, maroon, white and other shades, and multiple objects within the pool.

It could physically feel the water through the robot’s built-in cameras and observe other things. “The camera can capture the environment in 3D, which can be seen on the control room screen. By using a 3D glass, it seems as if we are experimenting in real time,” Khatib said.

When asked about the weight that OceanOneK can carry, Khatib said: “The weight of objects underwater is greatly reduced and it is generally easier to lift an object through the water. So in that case, this robot can carry up to 5 kilograms of submerged objects,” Khatib said.

The robot requires electricity to operate and has a battery life of about 40 minutes and a cable connector for charging. “We are lowering a powered cable along with the robot. In the future, we will have power reserves floating on the surface connected to the robot for expeditions and missions,” Khatib said.

Abdulla Binhabtoor, Director of Portfolio Management at Shamal Holding, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Oussama Khatib and his team to Deep Dive Dubai, providing a unique showcase of the future of underwater exploration. The collaboration between the Robotics from Stanford University and Deep Dive Dubai evoke the spirit of exploration, discovery and enjoyment of Dubai.

“We are proud to play an active role and positively contribute to Dubai’s long-term ambitions, working with world-class partners to push the boundaries of innovation and technology as we continue to invest in the extraordinary, generating significant and sustainable returns.”

OceanOneK’s ability to seamlessly interact with its environment sets a new standard for underwater robotics and opens innovative avenues for research and discovery.

“At Deep Dive Dubai, we firmly believe that diving is not just a sport, but a spirit of exploration that fuels our collective imagination. We encourage people to test their limits and dive to new depths, both figuratively and literally,” said Jarrod Jablonski, director of Deep Dive Dubai.

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