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If you have ever been to a Disney park, you can understand why the company would be working on different types of robots. The part is filled with mechanical actors that move around and perform in many of the rides. Disney Research has unveiled a new telepresence robot that will have a much wider range of use than lip-synching "It's a Small World" in a creepy ride for kids. What the researchers at Disney Research have created is a new type of hydrostatic transmission that uses a hybrid air-water configuration.
This new transmission would be used inside of a robot and is said to be analogous to an N+1 cable-tendon transmission using N hydraulic lines and one pneumatic line for a system with N degrees of freedom. The common air-filled line would preload all of the degrees of freedom in the system according to the research paper accompanying the creation. The team says that the new transmission allows for the stiffness of a water-filled transmission with half the number of hydraulic lines previously required.
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Telepresence robot device markets at $825 million in 2015 are anticipated to reach $7 billion by 2022 as next generation robotic devices, systems, and instruments are introduced to manage remote presence. The robotic platform will be extended to include grippers and cameras of all types, sensors and sophisticated navigation software.
The quality of remote communication is uplifted by the robotic platform approach to connecting people located in different places. The visualization provided by the telepresence robot is not reproducible by the smartphone and large telepresence systems are not mobile. So ultimately all people will want access to telepresence robot in order to move around and see for themselves what is going on in another place.
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Robots are getting smarter by the day.
The French robotics company Aldebaran brought Pepper--its "thinking robot"--onstage at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, Sunday to show off some of its upcoming features and paint a picture of what life with robots will look like in the near future.
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In our final post for this series, we'll talk about the future of telepresence. For most robots telepresence is just the beginning, a means to an end. Many of the robots in this series are meant for office, medical, or home. But it should not be forgotten this same technology can easily be implemented for dull, dirty, and dangerous work, typical of robots. Allowing human operators to teach robots through telepresence creates a synergy along with higher levels of autonomy.
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People with severe motor disabilities are testing a new way to interact with the world--using a robot controlled by brain signals.
An experimental telepresence robot created by Italian and Swiss researchers uses its own smarts to make things easier for the person using it, a system dubbed shared control. The user tells the robot where to go via a brainwave-detecting headset, and the robot takes care of details like avoiding obstacles and determining the best route forward.
grandPad, creator of the first digital tablet and network to privately connect the core family with a platform built for seniors, has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Revolve Robotics, creator of Kubi, the intuitive and affordable homecare telepresence robot that lets remote video callers look around a room and monitor seniors. This solution dramatically lowers the barriers for seniors to receive remote care and maintain contact with physicians, caregivers, and family.
grandPad is using the Kubi API to integrate Kubi controls into the user interface of its senior-friendly tablet. Kubi is a robotic cradle upon which a tablet sits and is remotely controlled by a video caller. When the grandPad tablet is mounted on Kubi, everyone from kids to caregivers can safely engage face-to-face with seniors via video, as well as look around with 300 degrees of pan and 90 degrees of tilt.
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Adawarp, a two-man Japanese tech startup, is in the long-distance bear-hug business. The company's Telepresence virtual reality technology transports one person, wearing an Oculus Rift, into the body of a robotic teddy bear, with real-time movements, sight, voice and all, no matter how far apart the bear and user are. Turn your head and the teddy bear turns his, and use an Xbox controller to articulate the bear's arms, as MIT Technology Review reports. Users can talk through the bear's speaker system, hear responses through a microphone and see out of its eyes (each one encircled by a fine layer of fuzz, of course).
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A traffic accident that left him bedridden inspired inventor Diego Balarezo of Robitz, Inc. to build a robot assistant. "My life changed radically," Balarezo says. "My body stopped working in many ways, but not my brain. So I tried to find an alternative for my situation." Eventually he recovered, but the idea remained, and after fifteen years of work, the result is Yori Black, a robot that is both companion and telepresence assistant.
Most telepresence systems are either passive cameras or video conference arrangements. The user may see through the camera or even talk to people at the other end of the link. Yori adds mobility and manipulators-extendable arms and hands-that let the user interact with the world from a distance. Around the home, for example, Yori can be used to fetch things, pick things up, or help clean, a boon for those whose mobility issues prevent them from doing such tasks. It's a "service machine with arms," says Balarezo.
Prestigious school weighs use of telepresence robots in the classroom Johnny-Five, please come up to the blackbo
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After a successful experiment using telepresence robots with his own staff, Peter Hirst, Associate Dean for Executive Education at MIT Sloan School of Management, says he's experimenting with ways to integrate these bots into the classroom, albeit in a limited way.
"We had a realization that people could participate in a classroom environment remotely for a short time," says Hirst. "So we asked, is that good idea? Will it work? And then in a very MIT way we thought we'd run some experiments."
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I have been part robot since May. Instead of legs, I move on gyroscopically stabilized wheels. Instead of a face, I have an iPad screen. Instead of eyes, a camera with no peripheral vision. Instead of a mouth, a speaker whose volume I can't even gauge with my own ears. And instead of ears, a tinny microphone that crackles and hisses with every high note.
I'm a remote worker; while most of WIRED is in San Francisco, I live in Boston. We IM. We talk on the phone. We tweet at each other, but I am often left out of crucial face-to-face meetings, spontaneous brainstorm sessions, gossip in the kitchen.
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Vecna Technologies of Cambridge is buying VGo Communications, a New Hampshire maker of telepresence robots.
Both companies build robots that can operate safely among people. Vecna's sturdy, boxy bots-on-wheels trundle around medical centers and warehouses hauling loads. VGo's signature product is a small camera system on a 3-foot mobile platform that can be remotely controlled.
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It's never really tackled in Star Wars: are Astromech Droids open source? While we may never get to see R2-D2's internal code, a French company called Blue Frog Robotics fired up an IndieGoGo campaign yesterday that seeks to build an open-source companion robot.
Blue Frog Robotics, a company founded last year by French roboticist Rodolphe Hasselvander, has dubbed the proposed robot "BUDDY," and is targeting the home market with the device. BUDDY will include telepresence capabilities, and will be able to look up information online through voice commands.
It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility get around in the form of a robotic avatar.
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A team of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface in Lausanne, Switzerland, is working on a brain-computer interface that could see disabled people using their thoughts to control telepresence robots from the comfort of their homes.
For the first time in trade show history, attendees no longer need to be physically present at a trade show. Event Presence, Inc., a company from Palo Alto, California is making it so. They are placing a dozen Beams at the 2015 Augmented World Expo this week, which will allow aspiring attendees to attend the event remotely, from any location in the world.
The RambleBot is a $199 telepresence robot that you can control over the internet using a connection to the self-provided Android smartphone that serves as the unit's brain and communications capability. The unit can be equipped with an optional arm and gripper for an additional $38 and can be maneuvered to plug itself into a standard 110 volt outlet to recharge. One of the company's marketing photographs shows the robot holding a knife with its gripper but, never fear, each system comes with a physical ShieldPass security card and all communications between you and the bot are encrypted.
A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a physical-virtual interface (PVI) by combining the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and teleoperated robotics.
Revolve Robotics & JACO Expand Integration to Create New, Advanced Telemedicine Solutions; See it at JACO's HIMSS Booth #4712
Revolve Robotics, a leading innovator in robotic telepresence, today announced seamless integration between its innovative Kubi robotic telepresence platform and JACO, a leading manufacturer of mobile computer carts for the healthcare industry. Together, their combined solutions deliver multiple new options for hospitals, physicians, psychiatrists, and other healthcare professionals looking for a mobile platform to deliver engaging, productive telemedicine.
Imagine, you could be in different locations at the same time without leaving your desk, your sofa, your hammock - well, you get the idea. You don't even have to move, you simply direct a telepresence robot to any place you want to go: Let it roam around your office, check on your holiday cottage, monitor a manufacturing hall, even catch the dog sleeping on your favorite armchair.
The mobile robotic telepresence (MRT) sector will reach US$372M in 2019, up from US$42M in 2014, for a CAGR of 54.4% according to a new study published by ABI Research entitled Mobile Robotic Telepresence Systems. Mobile robotic telepresence systems will find the greatest success in the healthcare, business management, retail, facilities management and operations, MRO, and manufacturing sectors for applications where independent mobility and embodied presence are called for, and where high levels of social interaction are required.
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Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, has been experimenting with telepresence robots that let online students participate in face-to-face classes.
The university offers a doctoral program in educational psychology and educational technology, which is available in both face-to-face and distance education formats, but the university has integrated the two options into a synchronous, hybrid model -- a single, integrated program with online students typically participating via Skype or similar telepresence system on a fixed monitor in the classroom. However, integrating the local and online students into the same classes made it difficult to ensure that both groups of students were treated equally.