MIT Demos VR System that Teleoperates a Robot

Published by , October 9, 2017 12:42 pm

(ScienceDaily)  Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently presented a virtual-reality (VR) system that lets users teleoperate a robot using an Oculus Rift headset. The system embeds the user in a VR control room with multiple sensor displays, making it feel like they are inside the robot’s head. By using gestures, users can match their movements to the robot’s to complete various tasks.
The system mimics the “homunculus model of mind” — the idea that there’s a small human inside our brains controlling our actions, viewing the images we see and understanding them for us. While it’s a peculiar idea for humans, for robots it fits: “inside” the robot is a human in a control room, seeing through its eyes and controlling its actions.