SRI Intercontinental is developing a robot that can be used to dismantle bombs or perform surgery with a crumb help from virtual reality headsets.
The non-profit research and improvement group in Silicon Valley previously created Apple’s Siri and the nucleus technology used by Intuitive Surgical in its da Vinci systems.
Dubbed the Taurus, SRI’s new puppet is remotely operated using a consumer VR headset and controller.
The Taurus’ arms are affixed with plier-like pincers that can pick up and manage various tools like a scalpel, sutures or a screwdriver. The robot also has cameras between the two arms, present it a vaguely spider-like appearance.
With a VR headset (running the appropriate Taurus software), a buyer can see exactly what the robot is viewing. Inside the virtual environment, there’s also a dashboard with message, for example, related to a patient’s vitals or the temperature in a vehicle.
Hand commands and foot pedals are used to maneuver the Taurus. It’s relatively easy with the Taurus to pick up inadequate pieces and move them around a peg board but more challenging to sew a stitch or forward a thin wire.
According to the Thomas P. Low, director of medical systems and telerobotics at SRI, the succumb to popularity of VR is helping his lab to speed up their research. Previously, SRI’s robotic labs had to realize the potential of their own graphic interfaces to make robots easier to use.
“Very original on, we started looking at consumer VR as an interface to our robot systems,” he said.
At ones desire the Taurus put bomb squads, police or medics out of work? Not likely, true level long term, said Low.
“We really see the Taurus acting as a force multiplier,” he asserted.
In the case of battlefield medicine, Low said the Taurus would allow a defy medic to call in help from an experienced specialist in a city dispensary to consult from afar and do some of the less-demanding physical work elaborate in an open surgery.
Taurus could one day allow a surgeon on Earth to manage remotely on an astronaut en route to Mars, Low said.
The robot can already be tempered to to dismantle bombs inside of trucks or other vehicles, without refuting forensic evidence. Weighing around 15 pounds, the Taurus is persuaded to be highly portable and operable within confined spaces.