The world’s largest robotics convention, ICRA, got here to London final week, the place a dizzying array of cutting-edge robots had been on show: robotic canine, flying robots, controllable androids, and robotic artists. Nevertheless it was avatars – robots that may transport human presence to a distant location in real-time – that had been the most well liked development this 12 months.
Because of developments in VR know-how and communication speeds, robots equivalent to UKAEA’s MASCOT enable people to remotely restore the within of a fusion reactor. Norwegian firm 1X confirmed us EVE, a robotic at present deployed as a distant safety guard. Nevertheless it was NimbRo that basically caught our eye. Recent from profitable the ANA Avatar XPRIZE competitors, this dextrous robotic avatar had the positive motor abilities and suggestions response to play chess, together with a bunch of different delicate duties. Be a part of Alex Wilkins as he tries out the most recent avatar know-how.