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World’s first touch-transmitting telerobotic hand debut

06 June 2019

The ‘Holy Grail of robotics’ will be demonstrated in public for the first time at the Amazon re:MARS event.

Image courtesy of Shadow Robots

The innovative technology has been called the ‘Holy Grail of robotics’ for its potential to revolutionise the industry, making the upcoming public test a true milestone for ANA’s ventures in robotics.

By combining Shadow Robot’s dexterous robotic hand with SynTouch’s biomimetic tactile sensors and HaptX’s realistic haptic feedback gloves, the new technology enables unprecedented precision remote-control of a robotic hand. In recent tests, a human operator in California was able to operate a computer keyboard in London, with each keystroke detected through fingertip sensors on their glove and faithfully relayed 5,000 miles to the Dexterous Hand to recreate. Combining touch with teleoperation in this way is ground-breaking and points to future applications where we might choose – or need – to perform delicate actions at a distance, e.g. bomb disposal, deep-sea engineering or even surgery performed across different states. 

At the Amazon re:MARS Tech Showcase, the trailblazing team will demonstrate their teleoperation and telepresence technology outside the lab for the first time, to an audience made up of experts in machine learning, automation, robotics and space, as a well as the general public.

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