Purdue University researchers have developed a smartphone app that allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity like lifting objects from one area and carrying them to another.
The embedded app, VRa, utilizes augmented reality to let the user either walk where the robot should go to perform tasks, or draw a workflow directly into real space.
The app offers options for how those tasks should be performed, such as within a specific amount of time, in repetition, or following the completion of a job by another machine.
After programming, the user places the phone into a dock attached to the robot; the phone then serves as both eyes and brain for the robot, controlling its navigation and activities.
Said Purdue researcher Karthik Ramani, "Our goal is for everyone to be able to program robots, and for humans and robots to collaborate with each other."
From Purdue University News
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