Telebot – Research of new technologies for advanced TELE-roBOTs operated through Virtual Reality interfaces
TELEBOT – VR is an industrial research project that aims to narrow the sensory distances that an operator encounters when controlling a robot from a distance using simulation and virtual reality interfaces, and promoting vision and control over robotic systems and joints.
Telebot project explores several technological lines that are clearly innovative, such as:
- Haptic systems
- Computer vision and vSLAM techniques
- Virtual reality and immersive virtual reality
- Stereoscopic and hyperspectral camera systems
- 3D reconstruction and 5G technologies for communications.
In particular, technologies investigated on remote systems in critical environments, high hazard and reduced human interaction in inspection work.
On the one hand, we intend to explore the use of virtual reality as an immersive interface method for the control of tele-robotic systems and for the remote visualization of the operator in a highly immersive way.
On the other hand, the application of hyperspectral cameras for the analysis and reconstruction of environments will be explored.
All this based on technologies that allow working wirelessly looking for its direct application with the recent beginning of implementation of 5G technologies in global communications.
The overall objective of TELEBOT-VR is to advance in the development of technologies that allow the operator to teleoperate a robot in highly dangerous or difficult access environments so that the user perceives the environment as if he were performing the task directly. For this purpose, he has to perceive the different visual, auditory and tactile stimuli as if he were in the remote environment.
Consequently, high immersivity and the possibility of operating over long distances, are challenges that will achieve a technological breakthrough. Current and newly deployed 5G communication networks allow sufficient communication rates to support the synchrony of the robotic system with the highly immersive control system. One of the objectives is to provide the possibility for the operator to maintain control over the robot thousands of kilometers away. In other words, to allow a skilled operator to control equipment regardless of location.
Duration time: September 2020 – December 2020
It is a project funded by the Junta de Castilla y León, through the ICE JCYL grant program for the implementation of R & D projects of regional interest aimed at excellence and competitive improvement of the Technology Centers of Castilla y León co-financed with ERDF 2014 – 2020.