Extend Robotics demos virtual reality-controlled cybernetic bartender

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Ever wanted a robot to prepare and serve you a drink? Thanks to the power of virtual reality and advanced robotics, Extend Robotics is able to do just that

Quick read

➨ R:O:B: (robotically optimised bartender) features “a remarkable human-like dexterity and is fully capable of ‘virtually’ pulling a real pint”
➨ The Robot Toolkit features real-time, immersive and intuitive control using the latest virtual reality technologies, highly realistic human-like dexterity, and reachability to 6DoF
➨ Extend Robotics is developing the Robot Toolkit for widespread commercial use in the hospitality and service industries, after identifying these two areas as in need of such a solution following the outbreak of Covid-19

The story

UK-based company Extend Robotics is preparing to support the hospitality and service industries with a virtual reality-controlled cybernetic bartender, after completing a successful trial.

R:O:B: (robotically optimised bartender) features “a remarkable human-like dexterity and is fully capable of ‘virtually’ pulling a real pint”, according to Extend Robotics, the builder of affordable robotic arms that are capable of remote operation from anywhere in the world, using cloud-based teleoperation software.

Its Robot Toolkit features real-time, immersive and intuitive control using the latest virtual reality technologies, highly realistic human-like dexterity, and reachability to 6DoF.

As the below video demonstration of the R:O:B: trial shows, the teleoperated robotic arm is easily operated remotely by a human operator using a virtual reality headset. 

R:O:B: was developed in-house at Extend Robotics’s headquarters in Reading, England. The company’s founder and chief executive officer, Dr Chang Liu, who is a research associate at Imperial College London, said: “At Extend Robotics, our vision is to extend human capability beyond physical presence.”

“What’s more, we have seen a significant acceleration in the demand for service robots in 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic has given an unexpected boost to the market.”

Extend Robotics is developing the Robot Toolkit for widespread commercial use in the hospitality and service industries, after identifying these two areas as in need of such a solution following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Liu adds: “Right now, as we approach the end of the Covid-19 crisis, we expect to see remote working as ‘the new norm’ across many industries, for numerous health, safety and environmental reasons”

“2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for humanity, yet our hope at Extend Robotics is that the recent acceleration in R&D of remote teleoperated working robots will soon result in a wide range of safe, secure and affordable dexterity robot solutions across a number of industries worldwide.”

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Image: Extend Robotics

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