Tele-operation, control and haptics
Teleoperation and the control of robots can be achieved in many ways, depending on the hardware used, the communications link, the software architecture and the operators themselves. This talk will present the basic engineering principles of teleoperation before diving into the application of haptic feedback – or the sense of touch. Haptic feedback can provide better immersion for the operators, allowing them to achieve tasks more intuitively and with finer control, but it can also introduce instabilities and further complexity to the architecture. Different applications of haptic feedback will be presented, showing where it can be useful and where it can be a disadvantage as well. Common primary devices (that the operators move to control the robot) and secondary devices (the robots themselves) will be presented.