Tactile Telerobot

Technology Overview

Robots are being deployed to carry out tasks that are Dull, Dirty, Dangerous, Demanding, Distant and Distributed (Six D's), but they lack intelligence, dexterity and/or human touch. The haptic telerobotic system integrates technologies from different organisations to allow for remote manipulation/teleoperation. Operators wearing the haptic gloves can control the robot hand at a safe distance, or even in another room or vicinity. The robotic hand will be able to mimic the hand and arm movements of the operators to handle and complete tasks. Sensors on the robotic hand will relay touch sensations back to the operator who is wearing the haptic gloves, transmitting realistic touch feedback.

Technology Features & Specifications

The system integrates different technologies:

  • Robotic Hands: Replicates the movements and position of the human operator's hand with high dexterity level
  • Tactile Sensors: Captures and transmits low latency and high accuracy haptic feedback data back to the operator's hand
  • Haptic Feedback Gloves: Enables intuitive and precise control interactions via industrial-grade haptic feedback



  • Natural interaction: Minimal training required by the operators to control robotic hands
  • Realistic haptic feedback: Reduce error and improve speed of the operator with critical control information via tactile and force feedback
  • High dexterity: Capture of full range of hand motion
  • Precise control: Sub-millimeter motion capture accuracy
  • Remote operation: Control robot from anywhere

Potential Applications

  • Nuclear industry
  • Oil & Gas industry
  • Sterile manufacturing in Pharmaceutical industry
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Space industry
  • Inspection robotics
  • Bomb disposal
  • Deep sea engineering

Customer Benefits

  • Enable highly dexterous manipulation
  • Provide a safety layer for the operator when carrying out the tasks
  • Increase productivity, efficiency and reliability
  • Optimise processes with advanced precision and accuracy
  • Reduce overall costs and deliver a project under budget

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