AR and VR Technologies Guide Robots to improve their manufacturing process. From the assembly line to fieldwork, there is always a need for better technology that will help with efficiency and accuracy.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies can provide some of these solutions. Industries like automotive, aerospace, medical device development, military training simulation, etc., have already used AR/VR technology.
Still, it can also be applied to robotics end-to-end design processes, including concept generation, prototyping, and testing on-site or remotely in immersive environments. Perhaps one of the best uses for AR and VR in robotics is to make training easier.
Here are some current and potential applications of AR and VR in robotics:
Augmented Reality to Improve Human-Robot Communication:
Robots have long been used to automate tasks in the workplace, but now they're evolving beyond just being mindless laborers.
As such, humans must interact with robots while performing various work-related activities and functions that were once left up exclusively between machines themselves.
This new trend has come about due essentially because these high tech devices are becoming more advanced than ever before - capable of doing things like learning on their own
The future of work is coming sooner than you think. With robots replacing humans in many tasks, it will be necessary for the two groups (robotics specialists and humanity) to find common ground to communicate with each other effectively.
At the University Of Boulder Colorado's robotics lab, researchers have found an innovative way by implementing augmented reality technology into drones to allow users to figure out how robots and humans could communicate in different targeted working spaces.
The researchers concluded that they could improve human-robot interaction in co-working spaces significantly by using AR & VR.
Virtual Reality Trains Robots for Object Identification:
A robot that can learn and predict behavior on its own through data exposure is an exciting idea in artificial intelligence.
A robot's learning process is not limited to humans. It can also take in data and learn how to group it with similar categories, discriminate between different items or recognize new ones that look like those the bot has been exposed to before.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley succeeded in training a robot to pick up objects indicated by them after being introduced with different items through virtual reality.
One example shows how robots are becoming more advanced and can assist people who need them around their office space or factories.
Using VR, robots can be taught anything with the least amount of cost and effort. In addition, it means that trainers only need a 3D model for their virtual Reality training sessions - not real-life models!
That's an incredible convenience because it allows them to explore large-scale territories without physical constraints on time or space like in traditional fieldwork situations.
Medical Robots Equipped with AR:
Robotic surgery is already being performed in hospitals worldwide, but there's more to it than meets the eye. For one thing, advanced robotic arms can be found performing delicate surgeries or assisting with other medical tasks like drug manufacturing facilities.
These machines can provide direct assistance while ensuring safety during an operation by monitoring vital signs remotely and autonomously navigating through obstacles independently.
The students at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico created a robotic exoskeleton that can assist people with mobility problems to stand and move around the house or office freely without fear that they will fall on their own.
This outer body was equipped with augmented reality capacities so its human operator could view each part while deciding where it would best fit for optimal use!
Programming by Demonstration Taken to the Next Level:
Robots need to be programmed with complex tasks such as dangerous ones before they can perform these actions. So, robots are programmed by demonstration.
Programming by demonstration is similar to employee training: the human operator demonstrates a task until it can replicate it on its own or teach an existing robot how to do something new.
However, this isn't always possible since there are some things even machines cannot learn without being shown first-hand through direct instruction from someone who knows what needs doing best!
AR and VR technologies allow designers to create the entire demonstration in a virtual environment or superimposed over real life.
For example, OpenAI robots developed by Elon Musk's company trained robots using Vision Network. This technique is effective with swarm robotics too!
Robotics and AR technology in Manufacturing:
The use of robotics and AR technology will have a significant impact on Manufacturing. It allows manufacturers to show their design, building site, or product faster without much hassle.
VR comes as a standard preparation method for people who face physical hazards, such as 3D printing models or simulations that can reduce the need for costly modeling equipment and improve product quality in the workplace.
AR & VR models in Urban planning:
With new construction projects becoming more popular, developers need to understand how these elements will impact current urban environments.
So, they can maximize profit over all-time horizons by generating AR (Augmented Reality) and VR-modeled before building anything at all.
Integrating virtual reality and robotics for construction employees can have immense benefits. The idea behind this is to allow humans more creative space while robots take care of repetitive tasks.
In this way, humans can focus more on the implementation of strategies for better outcomes.
Use of virtual reality in military training programs:
The use of virtual reality in military training programs can help soldiers understand how to use military robots and drones.
For this purpose, organizations create a virtual battlefield that allows military officers to test different tactics on an interactive landscape with realistic visuals for each drone's move.
For example, the military trainer can turn his head left or right or move it forward or change the altitude levels on one's drone.
With this approach, soldiers can learn to avoid various obstacles and guide a drone through the battlefield.
Virtual reality also helps them to teach how they might tackle situations on an actual field of battle or attack enemy bases at just about any given moment with their robots in tow!
Robotics & VR work hand-in-hand so that we may develop more advanced training programs for our warriors--both human beings and bots alike.
AR and VR in Crime Department:
AR and VR are changing the way that we think about crime scenes.
Forensic experts can use these technologies to label evidence at a time digitally. For example, AR annotation allows forensic investigators to digitally label proof traces at crime scenes and update, exchange, and transfer lists of evidence.
On the other hand, VR technology maps training goals explicitly and develops & tests a virtual prototype to train agents to adapt to challenging work circumstances.
VR in Teleoperating Robots:
Virtual reality is being used to design teleoperating robots that can eliminate dangerous factory work environments.
This type of robot involves replicating what we do with our hands; they can be controlled remotely and act accordingly with the help of hand controllers and multiple display sensors.
For instance, FS Studio has built VR Teleoperation for Robotics for a major car company. We developed an immersive virtual reality environment for the client's training and remote operation of the robotic system. We even integrated two types of haptic controllers in the process!
We successfully created a Unity 3D environment that would import robots using URDF files. The resulting VR environment had terrific functions.
For example, it could control the robot, display the data and video from the various sensors and cameras, determine path and route navigation, and show all of this in an immersive 3D VR environment.
The future of robotics is here, and it has never been brighter. Thanks to the advancements in new technologies like AR and VR, we will soon see robots that can think for themselves and work with humans as partners.
We've given you a quick overview of these cutting-edge innovations but know there is so much more out there just waiting to be explored!