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SEP 2017

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Page 35 of 68 September 2017 / st 35 Just as important as the compliments were the recom- mendations from the pilot crew for how to better integrate DexOS into operations' workflow and suggestions for ad- ditional features. In total, the field tests yielded 12 new de- sign improvements that BluHaptics has built into the final product specification. One of these improvements—the ability to overlay the DexOS interface (originally only on a tablet) alongside existing video feeds—was viewed as a significantly valuable feature. Other recommendations have focused on more rugged accompanying hardware that can withstand greater abuse from ROV crews—all of which will be incorporated into the final product release. The Result Agile development with a focus on customer involve- ment helped BluHaptics create a truly world-class product that will open up a whole new class of control and capabil- ity for subsea robotics. The process allowed the company to harness the experience and brainpower of pilots and opera- tors to inform the technology—which in turn will advance the safety and efficiency of subsea operations. Transitioning the ROV industry from manual operations to augmented control and eventual automation will more than impact just the cost of operations; it will open up en- tirely new sets of capabilities and pave the way to using data to transform robotic operations just as software has transformed nearly every other industry. BluHaptics' ini- tial DexOS software release is just the first step, but with customer input and collaboration, the company now has a platform for delivering the future of robotics to subsea op- erations. ST With more than two decades of entrepreneurial ex- perience, Don Pickering has served as BluHaptics' chief executive officer since the company's founding. Prior to BluHaptics, Pickering was co-founder and CEO of OneOcean, a global company specializing in the design and development of a universal technol- ogy platform for oceanic data. Luke Wissmann is BluHaptics' vice president of busi- ness development, working to build programs and partnerships with organizations that want to en- hance the safety and efficiency of their robotics op- erations. Prior to joining BluHaptics, Wissmann was a vice president at OceanGate Inc., which provides manned submersible assets and expertise for com- mercial, research and military applications. "Transitioning the ROV industry from manual operations to augmented control will open up entirely new sets of capabilities and pave the way to transform robotic operations."

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