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Combining Telepresence & Robotics with the TeleBot

February 13, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by FIU College of Engineering & Computing / Product Design & Development

Researchers and students in FIU's Discovery Lab have developed the initial prototype of a TeleBot -- which combines telepresence and robotics -- to allow disabled police and military personnel to serve as patrol officers.

Researchers and students have worked for more than 18 months to refine technology that will allow a disabled person to control the robot remotely, see everything the robot "sees" and interact with members of the public.

"This kind of project requires a lot of hard work, technical expertise and resources," said Jong-Hoon Kim, director of the Discovery Lab. "We had to build everything from scratch. The students are very motivated and feel like they are making a real contribution."

Having overcome multiple challenges, chief among them proper hand functioning, the team has finished work on a prototype that stands six feet tall, weighs about 75 pounds and can be controlled from a remote location.

The TeleBot project began in 2012 when Jeremy Robins, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, donated $20,000 to the Discovery Lab to develop an idea he had to bring disabled law enforcement officers, as well as disabled combat veterans, back to the force.







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