Remote Robotics

Principal Investigator: Maarten Steinbuch
2008-2013 (-, Completed)

The main goal, of “development of new concepts, knowledge for subsystems and a platform for application on system level” for the Remote Robotics project was achieved through an extensive partnership of R&D groups throughout the Netherlands.

WP3: Domestic slave robot (Partners: TUD, UT, TU/e, Opteq, Fontys and PiNS) – This work package focuses on the development and use of a generic slave through a haptic master enabling certain household tasks.  These tasks will be limited to the manipulation of important household objects.  Using such a slave robot, people with physical disabilities would become more self-sustaining (e.g. remote control while sitting in a wheelchair), but they can also get help from family or nursing staff to remotely assist with these tasks.  Also at different locations in the house slaves can operate using a master.  Nevertheless, the slaves can be used by the nursing staff to provide first aid in case of an emergency. All of these user needs must be translated into an affordable robot that should be inherently safe. In addition for various tasks, haptic feedback is required for accurate force control.

At the TU Delft, the goal was more specifically to design an exoskeleton support system for healthcare workers. Within the context of Remote Robotics, the actor/action are collocated, but much of information that pass between them have to be gated through similar communication loops that would be present in a more traditional remote solution. We chose to focus on one specific challenge to current anthropomorphic exoskeleton design. That is, the need to be able to don/doff such a system quickly, without training, and without adjustment. Specifically: Design, build, and test a 1-DOF joint for use as part of a quick don/doff exoskeleton.


telemanipulation, remote handling, exoskeletons, robotics, healthcare


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