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Hand in hand: Human-Robot-Collaboration for INDUSTRIE 4.0

DFKI research scientists are presenting new forms of Human-Robot-Collaboration and Mixed Reality Production based on the latest advances in the fields of Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and lightweight, adjustable and trainable robots.

10 Feb. 2017
Source: DFKI

DFKI has set up a multiple site application of Human-Robot-Collaboration (German: MRK4.0) between the exhibit stands of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and DFKI.

Visitors to CeBIT 2017 will experience first-hand how an action or a gesture on the part of a human at one site leads to a direct robotic action at some other site. To improve understanding, the presentation uses displays that depict the mixed reality view seen by the operator or HoloLens wearer, which allows trade fair visitors to see what the user sees and gain a better appreciation of the added value.

Source: DFKI

The application scenario focuses on the area of hazardous materials handling. The operator controls the activities by gesturing in a mixed-reality environment (HoloLens). The robots grasp and move objects to a tray or table mounted on the transport robot. In this way, objects are safely transported between the lightweight robots.

The exhibit island at the BMBF stand shows an example of local tele-manipulation. The aim is to demonstrate error-free action on the part of the robots in some remote "hazardous material" situation. The exhibit is expanded by the tele-manipulation of two robots (Universal Robotics UR and MiR 100) via live-circuit with the HRC 4.0 Innovation Lab in Saarbrücken. The largest possible display screen is set up to help visitors to truly experience all these activities.

In the context of industrial production, practical applications include remote maintenance, telepresence, telemanufacturing, teleoperations, and Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC).