Development and implementation of a telerobotic system with visual and haptic feedback : current progress

Pretorius, J. ; Van der Merwe, Andre F. (2011-09)

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Conference of the ISEM 2011 Proceedings, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 21 - 23 September 2011.

Conference theme - Innovative Systems Thinking: Unravelling Complexity for Successful Solutions

Proceedings International

Telerobotics is a field of robotics interested in controlling robots from a distance. Incorporating visual and haptic (touch) feedback allows the operator greater accuracy in manipulating objects in a remote environment. This project endeavours to develop a telerobotic system with a focus towards telesurgical applications by using two similar industrial robotic manipulators, one acting as a haptic input device, the other as the telerobot. This paper describes the process of converting such robots into a functioning telerobotic system that allows the operator to “see” and “feel” in the remote environment. A partial working model of the telerobotic system can be achieved through experimental procedures.

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