Traditional controller methods (i.e. dials/switches, gaming controllers, etc.) are not practical for effectively and efficiently controlling highly dexterous manipulation systems, especially those that offer two robotic arms. The RE2 Imitative Controller provides a viable solution for intuitive control of complex robotic systems and dexterous dual-arm manipulators, such as RE2's Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS).
The Imitative Controller provides a user with full control over dual-arm systems, truly mimicking a robot operator’s arm movements. The Imitative Controller allows users to control a robot from a safe, stand-off distance, whether the user is several feet or several miles away. This puppet-master technology is especially beneficial when conducting dangerous and intricate military missions, such as the detection and disposal of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and waterborne IEDs. On the civilian side, the Imitative Controller is a valuable asset when it comes to hazardous materials handling or surface and underwater oil and gas inspection.
The location of the Imitative Controller’s handgrips ensures full control of the device while providing an intuitive method for completing a given job. Complex tasks such as handing an object from one end effector to another, unscrewing an object while holding the base of that object, or performing multi-end effector manipulation (such as tying a knot) are all possible with the Imitative Controller.
Read the Tech Briefs research paper, Imitative Robotic Control: The Puppet Master, written by the RE2 Engineers behind the development of the Imitative Controller.
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