THIS IS HOW SOFTWARE WITH VIRTUAL REALITY HARDWARE WILL CONTROL
Though recent robots are operating with inbuilt software, Science news had revealed how researchers have developed software that lets users control robots over the internet with off-the-shelf virtual reality hardware.
In a demonstration to the new discovery, an undergraduate of Brown University, Eric Rosen was shown operating a Baxter using a virtual reality interface developed in Brown’s Humans to tab.
Though robots’ development had been improving over the years, the possibility of having a completely using without human’s aid is still a big challenge to the engineers. The reason for that is based that humans may be needed at one point or the other for the complete operation of the . In the industrial sector, will still need few human supervision and control in other to avoid unpredicted action or massive error in the production of a similar product.
The last information revealed through the IPFCONLINE the makers of the popular called Sofia showed that soon will advance beyond the stage rather could be been thought as humans and be able to carry incredible behaviors not actually programmed in the but added to their memory through learning system.
Unlike the previous post on and possibility of , were define to act autonomously without external control while the were defines as flying vehicle. But the new researchers’ discovery will mean that some could actually be even when the is not within the user’s visibility as was revealed in the Brown University.
HOW VIRTUALLY CONTROLLED
Virtual reality control means that through a hardware someone can use a joystick, flexible pad, and other associated hardware to send a signal to a at a far distance through the help of a software made possible internet availability. Though a had already demonstrated this technology through our previous post, the use of such technology may not be new when found in .
According to the researchers, the software can connect the robot’s arms and grippers with the cameras (eyes) and found in the to the off-the-shelf virtual reality hardware through the internet using handheld controllers.
The controllers will help the user to control the positions of the robot’s parts including the arms and grippers. It will cause the to start acting the way the user is acting taking similar steps, waving and making a turn the way the user turns while at a far distance. It is a technology believed to be the best for dangerous rescue mission were humans may actually access directly, so using of such nature will ensure accuracy and safer operation.
The cameras fixed at usually act as the eyes which send all the vision to the user enabling the condition of the environment to be made known. The , availability of oxygen and other gases, humidity and pressure can be accessed through the various data collecting devices that could be fixed to the robot’s skin enabling any user to know the proper condition of the environment before making any decision to access it directly or not.
BEST AREAS OF APPLICATION FOR VIRTUALLY CONTROLLED
Factory workers in metallurgical may actually find this technology very helpful since hot steels and molten metals need no human direct contact which may be a problem for such . A human mimicking will actually help the worker operate the and hot metals from a distance in a way of reducing accident and also hazards associated with the job.
In the case of fire service department, it is a unique technology different from or since the user will actually be responsible for all that the does by acting as the from a far distance.
A technology as this may have no limitation to the areas it could be used if all its limitations are can be overcome in any area of application. Even research and rescue mission can find it useful as well as the explorers.
The source statement regarding the technology usability it states the following; “We think this could be useful in any situation where we need some deft manipulation to be done, but where people shouldn't be," said David Whitney, a graduate student at Brown who co-led the development of the system. "Three examples we were thinking of specifically were in defusing bombs, working inside a damaged nuclear facility or operating the robotic arm on the International Space Station."
The use of such for the handling of nuclear facilities will reduce the risk of hazard the workers usually face. Giant for massive functions can possibly have the various parts controlled individually by different operators at a distance to achieve a common goal using the same technology.
The task of improving robots’ technology and their control mechanism had bee a major challenge to the researchers and developers. According to Alvin Foo’s retweeted tweet of Mike Quindazzi that “soon our minds will be controlling robots and drones wirelessly”
THE LIMITATION OF THE TECHNOLOGY
The use and incorporation of such technology may actually need a fast internet connection to avoid slow response to the user signal and high pixel cameras for taking still and motion images will be very vital for the success of such technology, though the researchers’ report didn’t touch these areas, but it will actually be necessary.
Originally posted 2018-06-25 09:22:09.
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