Systems designed for marine and underwater environments face special challenges for real-world adoption. We study how the fluid dynamics of operating underwater changes dexterous manipulation, and test novel robotic mechanisms in the field.
Enhanced grasping with fingertip suction flow
Sampling coral reefs
Another thrust is the design of devices for sampling deep coral reefs. These fragile ecosystems are not well understood, and we aim to enable human-portable ROV’s to perform meaningful tests at depth.