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NAVER Labs Haptic Device 2.0 Robot vs. IKEA

Is it possible for a haptic, bilateral teleoperated robot to assemble something as potentially challenging as an IKEA chair? Cue the video.

NAVER LABS has been developing a new haptic device that can capture the natural motion of users while providing force feedback. This enables bilateral teleoperation when coupled with a robot such as AMBIDEX. Users can control and feel what the robot feels, as if the haptic device and the robot are physically connected. In addition to seamlessly connecting the user and robot, any work performed by the user is captured as training data. We aim to use the bilateral haptic device as an effective tool to gather high-quality training data, to advance the intelligence of the dual-arm robot—eventually creating an autonomous robot that can perform tasks on its own.

(Via NAVERlabs)

The idea for haptic teleoperated robotics comes from Robert Heinlein's 1942 novella Waldo:

Waldo put his arms into the primary pair before him; all three pairs, including the secondary pair before the machine, came to life. Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.
(Read more about Robert Heinlein's waldoes)

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