Some time ago, the RobotShop
team decided to build a telepresence
system. Usually, these kinds of systems are sadly limited to a web-cam and a screen on wheels
, and are simply a glorified videophone. This is not the case at RobotShop
since we love robots and are all for crazy projects. This is why, a full motion controlled system was put together in order to provide a truly immersive experience to the user. This is very similar to the Justin control haptic suit
featured in the past days, but a few tens of millions of dollars cheaper.
The team did this mainly inspired by one of the coolest robots of all Hollywood history: Johnny 5
(from the Short Circuit movie
The Lynxmotion Johnny 5
robotic platform was used, and a motion-capture exoskeleton
was put together using mainly potentiometers
and wooden sticks. The video below shows further details about the project, its motivations and the end result.
For the reader's convenience, we have transcribed the list of materials used during the construction featured at the end of the video: