Robot Hands Furthering Deep Sea Exploration
Throughout the history of human intervention beneath the sea, divers have struggled with making the best use of a human’s most important tool: the hand.
In the shallows, thick neoprene gloves are used for warmth, and the diver must quickly learn how to adapt to perform fine motor tasks. Without this protection, the cold cripples the ability to perform at all. At depth, the hydrostatic pressure crushes the insulating rubber, leaving the gloves (and the cold hands) ineffective.