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  • College of Science and Engineering Department of Robotics Motion Intelligence Laboratory

College of Science and Engineering, Department of Robotics, Motion Intelligence Laboratory

Bringing the depths of the oceans within arms reach

“I want to make a submergible robot
that can be operated by one person.”
Conventional submergible robots are huge machines
that weigh in at well over 500kg.
But “CoCo” was created out of a desire to change this.
At a mere 50kg,
CoCo is 1/10th the size of conventional submergible robots.
Utilizing aluminum to lighten the body
and urethane foam floats for balance
CoCo is packed with many world-first ideas.
With its two arms and hands, and a camera showing the operator what is happening under water,
CoCo is capable of carrying tires and
other objects with ease.
CoCo is currently playing a part in the environmental
protection of Lake Biwa.
Eventually CoCo will be zipping around Japan's ocean floors
and assisting in future off-shore development.