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Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs


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A man under a sink, who could use an extra hand.

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot that allows someone to remotely provide assistance or guidance.

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Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot for remote assistance with repairs.

The system includes a camera-equipped robot arm/finger combination attached to a rigid pole.

Remote users can view the robot's surroundings and control actions via two modes—either manually steering the arm and manipulating the finger, or choosing an object to interact with, and the robot executes a pre-programmed task.

Bristol's Janis Stolzenwald and Walterio Mayol-Cuevas tested the system with a pipe maintenance task, and learned the second mode was 24% faster than the first.

Said Stolzenwald, "The arm cannot only manipulate things in the physical world, but can also be used to direct people."

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