UK Consortium Developing Semi-Autonomous, Tele-Operated Robots

Published by , April 3, 2017 3:58 am

(Engineer)  Intelligent, semi-autonomous tele-operated robots that can squeeze into difficult or hazardous spaces to carry out maintenance and inspection work are being developed by a UK consortium. The Shadow Robot Company is leading an Innovate UK-funded project to develop a demonstrator of a semi-autonomous teleoperation (SAT) system designed to be simpler to use and more intelligent than existing devices, according to the company’s managing director Rich Walker. The 13-month project, which also involves OC Robotics, Cambrian Intelligence and UCL, will use Shadow Robot Company’s Dexterous Hand – a robotic device with the same capabilities as a human hand – on the end of OC’s snake-arm robot. Cambrian Intelligence will create an augmented reality (AR) user interface, while UCL researchers will install a vision system.
The 13-month project, which also involves OC Robotics, Cambrian Intelligence and UCL, will use Shadow Robot Company’s Dexterous Hand – a robotic device with the same capabilities as a human hand – on the end of OC’s snake-arm robot.

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