Telepresence robotics applications continue to get curiouser and curiouser. For instance, how about grooming your cat via a humanoid robot avatar?
Veltrop devised an interesting control apparatus for Nao, a popular research robot known for its RoboCup soccer skills.
He wanted to manipulate Nao from a distance, so a treadmill and Kinect were used to navigate the bot, while a head-mounted display controlled Nao's head while showing its camera feeds. Veltrop could thus see through Nao's eyes.
A Wii remote and the Kinect were used to control Nao's arms, including the task of using a brush to groom a cat. … Read more