Engineers from Japan’s Keio University and the University of Tokyo have created a unique telepresence robot arms that breaks the traditional mould of a motorised camera and screen capable of moving around an office. The unique robot backpack created by the researchers features two arms and the head that can be operated remotely by a human using a virtual reality headset and controllers. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the unique design.
Another functionality of the telepresence robot arms is its“enforced posture” mode that enables the robotic arms to mimic the wearer’s limbs, “an expert can guide new practitioners on how to operate certain instruments or to assist them remotely without the need of their physical presence” explains lead designer Yamen Saraiji.
“Effective communication is a key factor in social and professional contexts which involve sharing the skills and actions of more than one person. This research proposes a novel system to enable full body sharing over a remotely operated wearable system, allowing one person to dive into someone’s else body. “Fusion” enables body surrogacy by sharing the same point of view of two-person: a surrogate and an operator, and it extends the limbs mobility and actions of the operator using two robotic arms mounted on the surrogate body.“
“These arms can be used independently of the surrogate arms for collaborative scenarios or can be linked to surrogate’s arms to be used in remote assisting and supporting scenarios. Using Fusion, we realise three levels of bodily driven communication: Direct, Enforced, and Induced. We demonstrate through this system the possibilities of truly embodying and transferring our body actions from one person to another, realising true body communication.”
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