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Duane Benson
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Duane Benson   5/29/2012 10:36:46 PM
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The video's pretty cool but just a bit creepy. I think we'll be seeing more and more of these tele-presence robots in the not too distant future.

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KB3001   5/28/2012 11:51:23 PM
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A good start would be in safety critical missions. Consumer versions would then follow as the need is clear. I believe it will happen, and sooner than many think.

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KB3001   5/28/2012 11:37:24 PM
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Good points Nicholas.Lee. I think this would make sense economically and could even result in great leaps in productivity.

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KB3001   5/28/2012 11:34:06 PM
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Blame Oprah :-)

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Nicholas.Lee   5/28/2012 11:13:48 PM
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Sadly I live in the UK, where venture capital funding and bank-loans for start-up companies are things that happen to people in other countries. The other problem is that I just tried Googling for this idea, and found the Japanese have thought of at least the face-projection technology bit of it. http://youtu.be/oFp1hpH25oI Still, the underlying idea of remote telepresence robotic 'engineers' might be viable, especially for risky jobs like mining, or working on oil rigs. I once proposed a 3-axis gimbal mounted full-body VR suit connected in a wireless force-feedback loop with a telepresence 'terminator'-style warrior robot. The soldier (back in the barracks) would see and feel what the robot felt (including the direction of gravity), but without any risk of being shot. Most of the software complexity for Asimo is to do with getting it to walk. With a telepresence robot and force-feedback you don't need any fancy software or intelligence on the robot so it becomes simple. If the robot starts to fall, its gyros sense this change in orientation and radio it back, causing the soldiers's gimbal support to tilt forward. The soldier naturally reacts to this by putting his foot out to catch himself, and so therefore does the robot.

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Max The Magnificent   5/26/2012 3:38:03 PM
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I really think this idea could have "legs" ... I would love to see it in action ...

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Duane Benson   5/25/2012 10:27:25 PM
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Maybe even contour the frosted glass to have a nose and eye sockets. The projection size could be adjusted slightly to match a persons head to the contours.

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Duane Benson   5/25/2012 10:24:58 PM
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"...to project my face (as captured by my webcam and face-tracking software..." Now that is a very cool idea. I had envisioned a tablet or something, but a frosted glass projection could give a much better presence - especially if the glass was curved.

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Max The Magnificent   5/25/2012 8:06:18 PM
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Very clever ideas ... now you've really got me thinking...

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Nicholas.Lee   5/25/2012 8:52:38 AM
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A nice start, but Engineers need hands to do work. Managers just need mouths. :-) Using an Asimo robot remotely controlled by a VR helmet and gloves, would be much better as it would enable me to do 'real' work remotely rather than just to communicate. As a case in point, I live in the UK, but there is a US company that would like me to do some hands-on work configuring some biotech automation machinery. It doesn't take too many plane tickets, hotel bills and time wasted travelling to start to justify the rental cost of a 'proper' telepresence solution that can use a spanner or a soldering-iron. The benefits to the environment of this reduction in travel should be obvious, and a compelling justification. I envisage the day when I don't have to drive my petrol powered car for hours to go to the office, I just have breakfast and then log-on to the appropriate telepresence robot and start work. If I need to be somewhere else to fix a problem then I can instantly "alt-tab" to a robot in a different location, to switch away from my electronics lab to work on a customer's machine in the USA or Japan or wherever I need to be next. A nice touch would be to have the robot's face made from lightly frosted glass and use a pico-projector to project my face (as captured by my webcam and face-tracking software) onto the inner surface of the glass. This is much better than a flat LCD display. The robot's head would then have my face and be able to show my facial expressions. This is an important psychological factor for communications.

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