Bristol-based robotics companies to collaborate on semi-autonomous teleoperation system

They will be using parts of OC Robotics' snake arm robot and Shadow Robot's Dextrous Hand as aprt of a remote control system for robots
4th April 2017

Shadow Robot, one of the newest members of UWE Bristol’s Future Space innovation facility, and Bristol-based OC Robotics have been awarded Innovate UK funding to collaborate on a unique project.

The project will allow the companies to combine their specialist knowledge in robotics – with aspects of their innovative robotic arm and hand creating part of a semi-autonomous teleoperation system (SAT) that is hoped will revolutionise the remote control of robots.

“We’ve got the opportunity to change the face of teleoperation and establish SAT as a safer, more reliable, more cost-effective solution to remote robotics”

 

Whilst using Shadow Robot’s world-renowned Dexterous Hand on the end of an OC Robotics snake-arm robot, the companies will also work with Cambrian Intelligence – who will create an augmented VR user interface, and University College London – who will be installing vision and testing the system on their hardware.

Check out the Dextrous Hand in action in the video below:

Shadow Robot’s Managing Director Rich Walker comments: “What a privilege to work on a project like this. Teleoperation has always been an area we feel our Dexterous Hand works well in, and to work alongside such fantastic partners is really the cherry on the cake. We’ve got the opportunity to change the face of teleoperation and establish SAT as a safer, more reliable, more cost-effective solution to remote robotics.”

Robotic assistance

The main aim of the SAT project will be to create a system that allows the human to work at a higher level than direct teleoperation and tell the robot system what to do, not how to do it.

It’s likely that semi-autonomous working will become part of the future of teleoperation and therefore this project may be the beginning of something huge for the industry.

Not only that, but this fresh approach to teleoperation will see the work of two Bristol-based robotics companies move into an industrial application, with seemingly endless possibilities of where this could lead.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Shadow Robotics involvement in this project, you can contact them here: [email protected]. You can also find out more on the Shadow Robot website or follow them on Twitter here: @shadowrobot.