‘Robo-Mermaid’ Hunts for Sunken Treasure

When it comes to performing delicate operations, it’s hard to beat a pair of human hands. However, extreme environments aren’t exactly hands-on places.

When Stanford researchers were building a diving robot they decided to put two human-ish hands at the ends of its arms. And then, to further meld human with machine, they connected the robotic hands to a human counterpart on the surface. A range of haptic sensors provides near-instantaneous feedback to the operator about the weight of an o

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