SeaClear gripper grabs first litter
The team at TUM - ITR has developed a prototype of the gripper device for SeaClear. This version is decidedly simple for robust operation under harsh conditions and will provide a baseline for comparing its efficiency to upgrades with suction capabilities and other advanced features. In this video a KUKA iiwa robot is used to simulate the motion of the underwater vehicle the skid and gripper will be attached to. The versatility and robustness of the gripper design is shown by collecting various objects of different shapes and material, from stiff but deformed cans to flexible nets or piles of objects.
SeaClear featured at homePORT
A few days ago, SeaClear was featured on the frontpage of homePort
, "...a maritime real laboratory and makerspace for the port of the future ...". Claudia Hertel-ten Eikelder, project responsible of partner HPA (Hamburg Port Authority), answered questions regarding the objectives and methods of the project, together with our current progress and future steps.
You can read the whole interview on the homePort website
, together with a project page
outlining the most important information about SeaClear