Tuesday, 6 December 2011

iPods, iPhones as remote control for robots


Robots are acting as a free assistant to humans now a day’s…. Even companies are using robots for their works and in japan use of robots are common. So for this reason a remote control for them was needed.

It was great to here that An Indian origin researcher has designed two applications that can turn iPod touch and iPhones into remote control for robots.



The first application, which Polytechnic Institute of New York University's Vikram Kapila has created, is iLabArm app, where a user can pinch the screen of an iPod touch to make the finger-like grippers of an arm-like robotic manipulator open and close, along with other movements.

While the second iLabBot app makes it as easy as taping directional buttons on an iPhone screen, or tilting the device to control a mobile robot.

Kapila and his students designed the applications graphical user interfaces to be intuitive and easy to use, but that does not limit their usefulness to fun and games.

The professor of mechanical engineering sees their potential in medicine, manufacturing, laboratory research and the military. They could also provide special-needs children with entertainment, learning and peer-engagement opportunities.

Now further we would try to turn Smartphone’s into remote control for robots by making a different and innovative application.

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