The inventors of Reachy, a humanoid, open-source robot created by the French startup Pollen Robotics, have come up with a way to teleoperate the robo-creation through virtual reality. This opens up the possibility of users controlling the robot to carry out potentially complex tasks from anywhere in the world, so long as they’re able to slip on a VR headset to do it. “Using a VR device — [a] headset and controllers — a human can take full control of Reachy,” Matthieu Lapeyre, CEO and co-founder of Pollen Robotics, told Digital Trends. “You see exactly what Reachy sees in 3D through its dual camera, and Reachy replicates your head and hands motions. You can control the gripper with the controllers’ triggers, and get haptic feedback from the controller vibrations. It’s really like you were ‘in’ the robot to do the job. It works through the network, you can be either close or far away from Reachy, as long as you have a proper internet connection it will work the same.” The Reachy robot is available either as a standalone arm, costing $9,000, or as a full half-body system, costing $17,000. It’s capable of carrying out a variety of tasks, from… Read full this story
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