AI News, Tiny 3D Printed Robots Make Teleoperation Cheap and Simple

Tiny 3D Printed Robots Make Teleoperation Cheap and Simple

It's simply an interface where you 3D print a little tiny version of the robot you want to control, add some encoders, and then use the model to puppet the full-size version, which just mimics whatever it is you do.

RoboPuppet is more than just a system for constructing hardware, though: it's an integrated method that also includes its own calibration tool along with a 'real-time planning method for translating puppet movements into robot movements that are safe and respect the dynamic limits of the target robot.'

We should point out that the researchers behind RoboPuppet have not yet been able to quantify exactly how much easier their method is, although they do say that inexperienced children as young as 6 were able to perform reaching tasks in a trial without any instruction whatsoever.

It's also true that this version of RoboPuppet has some limitations (encoders with rotation limits, no physical stops for joint limits, only models for a few joint types), but the researchers are aware of all this, and they're working to improve the system.

A way to make this idea even better (since we like wildly speculating about stuff like this) might be to incorporate a surface (or surfaces) with QR codes around the model so that sensor data from the real robot (or sensors around the real robot) could be used in a virtual environment to give the user more information about what the real robot is dealing with as they use the puppet.