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New Telepresence Robot Mimics Your Every Move Using the Oculus Rift

April 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jenna Pitcher / IGN

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.

Dexterous Observational Roving Automaton, or DORA, is unlike most other telepresence robots on the market by offering greater and flexibility immersion within the environment. DORA's swiveling head mimics the movements of the user's head, allowing them to freely look around the environment without having to move a whole robotic rig. The user can also view the feed in 3D via the headset thanks to DORA's dual cameras copying our stereoscopic vision.

"The system is made up of a 3 Degrees of Freedom head gimbal that tracks the orientation of the user," Emre Tanirgan of University of Pennsylvania explains, "along with a 3 Degrees of Freedom translation stage system that takes advantage of the positional tracking of the DK2 to track the user's head position."

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