MRISAR's "Cephalopod" Simulator Deep Water Exploration Robotic Submarine
The "Cephalopod" is a Deep Water Exploration Robotic Submarine" Simulator.
This exhibit relates to STEM education.
Operate two dexterous remote manipulator arms to examine specimens that you find on the underwater terrain. Both arms have independent video feeds and in turn they are presented on a dual screen setup that is located at the controls. You are also able to directly look out of the observation window.
A timer limits the time you have for your mission. Upon start you must make careful observations and skillfully operate the arms before you have to return the surface. Your CO2 scrubbers, oxygen supplies and battery reserves are already low, so make sure your mission counts and you also survive. If you can spot key traits of your finds it will support future missions. When your time is nearly up, you will be warned about the life support system status. When your time is up, it announces that you are returning to the surface and the robot arms automatically shut down and revert to their locked positions. Remaining battery and life support is reserved for your return to the surface. The announcement also states your estimated time to surface, while gauges start to show decreased decibar readings with the surface atmospheric pressure notated as 1013.25 millibars when returning to surface and battery reserve status.
The main educational focus of this exhibit is to illustrate how manipulators can extend human capabilities to accomplish tasks such as dangerous or hazardous missions, handling waste material and other applications. This exhibit conforms to STEM education.
The exhibit is designed to be visually stunning, educational and usable by virtually any age of museum visitor. This exhibit is view able from all sides and is framed in, making it ideal for mid floor locations.
This is a simulator of a life-size Deep water Robotic Exploration Submarine with two operable robotic arms that can pick up and turn objects over to be viewed via a dual remote video system or by line of sight via the sub's window. A start button triggers a countdown timer and turns on all functions, including atmospheric sounds that are commonly heard when in a real sub. When the timer runs out the exhibit automatically resets for the next user.
The arms are controlled by two trigger button joysticks. This exhibit features an artificial terrain of a hypothetical underwater environment; a simulator submarine with two functional robotic arms; two video screens near the controls that allow the user to see views of what the robot hands are doing; and items placed on the terrain for the arms to pick up.
The exhibit challenges a visitor’s skill and dexterity, while representing remote handling. The exhibit also provides hands on activities based on Telepresence Robotic Manipulation technology which encompasses devices for transmitting movements to a remote robotic device, allowing the manipulation of objects that are too heavy, dangerous, small, or in other respects too difficult to handle directly.
This exhibit also includes, support electronics, visual support materials, maintenance information and schedule.
Approximate size of complete exhibit including enclosed fencing, terrain and sub is 29 ft x 28 ft x 12.5 ft.
Below is an older version of a life size submarine exhibit we designed and fabricated the robotics for.