When people talk about the Oculus Rift, most think of virtual reality gaming. As MIT researchers show, it is possible to use such a headset to teleoperate robots. The system can be deployed on wired and wireless networks and used for pick and place, assembly, and manufacturing tasks. As the researchers explain:
The system is based on the homunculus model of mind wherein we embed the user in a virtual reality control room. The control room allows for multiple sensor display, dynamic mapping between the user and robot, does not require the production of duals for the robot, or its environment. The control room is mapped to a space inside the robot to provide a sense of co-location within the robot.
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