Sense Sea(t)

Latest update April 4, 2019 Started on November 12, 2018
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Our expedition’s mission aims to improve live remote undersea exploration through a rich immersive experience involving several user’s senses. The base for this experience is SenseSeat (http://sense-seat.com), a computational multisensorial seat that can be digitally controlled and vary the frequency and intensity of visual, auditory and olfactory stimulus. While being monitored users will be able to freely explore the ocean. At the end they will be asked to report on their experience. Our goal is to improve the user experience of remote undersea exploration as a mean to increase the awareness of the sea to the general public by stimulating their curiosity while enabling more people to experience the sea wonders.

November 12, 2018
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Preparation

Trident has arrived in Lisbon and has taken its first dive:


After a quite long journey, Trident from OpenRov has finally reached the ISR laboratory. With the help of our colleagues from DSOR, we took Trident to the pool of the laboratory to experiment and test it. Trident was surprisingly easy to setup and put it in the water. Moreover, we were amazed by the stability and ease of control of the ROV.

We will work towards installing new sensors on board the ROV to improve the teleoperation of Trident. One of our goals is to install a 360º camera on the robot for users to "look around" when wearing a VR headset. Moreover, we will work on the integration of Trident with our feedback tools, including SenseSeat prototype and some of our haptic devices. This integration and feedback modalities will take into account the valuable insights provided by expert scuba divers regarding their experience underwater.

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The challenges and wonders of underwater exploration:


Our research is taking its first steps. These last weeks we have been in contact with our colleagues from the ocean robotics laboratory to understand what are the biggest challenges of teleoperating underwater robots. With their expert insights, we were able to understand a little bit more about their experience during several missions, operation methods, the robots & interfaces they are using, and how exciting it can be to use a robot to explore the underwater world.

But not only we are concerned about facing some challenges of underwater teleoperation, but also, we want to understand what kind of information we can provide to the users to create a more immersive experience. Now, we want to learn more about the stimulation of human senses during underwater diving. To do this, we will talk to experienced divers and learn about their personal experience. With this greater understanding of sensory stimulation, we can use SenseSeat prototype to create a more immersive experience and enhance the teleoperation of the underwater robot.

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We are applying to the Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative to receive a Trident ROV.

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Expedition Background

We are a team of researchers and engineers in the field of computer science, human computer/robot interaction and robotics. We developed several prototypes and are author of several scientific publications.


SenseSeat prototype was developed aiming at improving creativity in workspaces. We now plan to improve it to support immersive subaquatic ocean exploration. The prototype will be enriched to engage the senses of the operator of the OpenROV Trident. Haptic devices, head-mounted display, olfactory and auditory stimulus will be used for this purpose. Several challenges are associated with teleoperation such as situation awareness. We will capitalize on our previous research experience with the teleoperation of unmanned ground vehicles to address the challenges of undersea teleoperation.

In this expedition we will explore several locations of the Portuguese sea and report on the user’s reaction and impact to the public.

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