Engineers at Embodied Media, a Keio University project that aims to create Haptics, VR, Telexistence & Enchanted Things by studying embodied informatics in human interaction, have created Fusion, a wearable robotic backpack with two arms that can help the wearer in collaborative projects.
“Fusion is a telecollaboration system that allows two participants to share the same point of view and physical space for remote operation and collaboration. The system is designed as a backpack, and is operated in three different modes: direct collaboration, enforced body guidance, and induced body motion, enabling effective communication,” according to Embodied Media.
The Fusion can also be used in a situation where an extra body is needed, but no one else is around.
The brain behind Fusion is Syrian designer Yamen Saraiji. It was developed during Saraiji’s PhD studies at Keio University Graduate School of Media Design in Japan.
A second user wearing an Oculus Rift VR headset maneuvers the robotic arms from a distance by operating the platform’s handheld Touch controllers.
The head of the robot which peers over the shoulder of the user, has two cameras that act as eyes to capture a live video feed that’s streamed to the operator.
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