Tactile Telerobot by Converge Reaches Finals of $10 Million ANA Avatar XPRIZE


Judges acknowledge the world’s first haptic robotic system to transmit sensible contact suggestions to an operator situated anyplace on the planet

Converge Robotics Group reached the finals of the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE competitors for an avatar system that may transport human dexterity to a distant location in real-time.

Converge Robotics Group is a global collaboration between Shadow Robotic Firm, HaptX, and Tangible Analysis accountable for creating the Tactile Telerobot, a high-fidelity dexterous telerobot in use within the U.S., U.Okay., and Asia, and now superior to the ANA Avatar XPRIZE finals.

The Tactile Telerobot options Shadow Robotic’s Dexterous Palms, HaptX Gloves DK2 with true-contact haptics, SynTouch’s biomimetic tactile sensors, and Common Robots robotic arms to permit an operator to carry out advanced human duties instantaneously throughout the globe reminiscent of dealing with objects in laboratories or workshops. The Tactile Telerobot mimics your actions, displaying human-like and reactive behaviours. Customers can really feel what the robotic palms are touching, making it doable to attach humanity throughout huge distances like by no means earlier than.

The groundbreaking know-how of the Tactile Telerobot has been described as “weirdly pure” by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who added, “The tactile suggestions is admittedly great.” The Telerobot’s most up-to-date enhancements for the XPRIZE Semifinals, hosted in Miami, embrace using high-fidelity audio and visible know-how and different security and usefulness enhancements. It meets the competitors’s standards for a non-autonomous Avatar System with which an operator can see, hear, and work together inside a distant atmosphere in a fashion that feels as if they’re really there.

Wealthy Walker, Managing Director of the Shadow Robotic Firm, mentioned, “We’re coming as much as Shadow’s twenty fifth anniversary as an organization and what a approach to lead as much as it by reaching the finals for a four-year international competitors! The Shadow Dexterous Palms have been a sought-after product among the many analysis group ever since we formally registered as an organization. What the Palms can obtain at this time, on their very own and as a part of the Tactile Telerobot, is really revolutionary and it’ll solely get higher.”

“Lifelike contact suggestions is a essential element of transporting human presence,” mentioned Jake Rubin, founder and CEO of HaptX.  “The Tactile Telerobot demonstrates the distinction that true-contact haptics makes within the area of robotic teleoperation, and we’re delighted for HaptX and our companions in Converge Robotics Group to obtain this recognition from the ANA Avatar XPRIZE judges.” 

“I’m pleased with the accomplishments of our worldwide and interdisciplinary workforce,” mentioned Jeremy Fishel, founder and CTO of Tangible Analysis and Converge’s XPRIZE workforce lead. “We’ve introduced collectively consultants in robotic dexterity and haptics with the wonderful know-how of our companions and collaborators to do wonderful issues.”

Within the XPRIZE Semifinals, the Converge Robotics Group debuted their collaboration with Voysys, an organization that specialises in high-quality, low-latency video communication for the teleoperation of automobiles and machines.

“The mixture of the Voysys video pipeline with ultra-low latency, the HaptX Gloves DK2, and the delicate robotic hand from Shadow Robotic really revolutionizes telepresence and makes distant working doable for an entire vary of latest industries,” mentioned Magnus Persson, CEO of Voysys.

“Advancing to the ANA Avatar XPRIZE finals alongside wonderful competitors is a big milestone on this journey,” mentioned the Converge Robotics Group in an announcement “We sit up for displaying how our Telerobot system can be utilized by atypical individuals in wonderful methods, making engineering jobs safer, decreasing the necessity for international journey (and CO2 emissions) and letting us spend extra time at residence with our family members.”