IDSIA USI-SUPSI using TouchDIVER for robotic teleoperation manipulation task

The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA is a joint research institute of both the Faculty of Informatics of the USI (Università della Svizzera Italiana) and the Department of Innovative Technologies of SUPSI (University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland). The Institute has adopted TouchDIVER for robotic teleoperation manipulation tasks.

Case study

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Goals

IDSIA USI-SUPSI research institute adopted TouchDIVER in a robotic teleoperation manipulation task, to enhance the performance (success rate and telepresence) of executed tasks (remote assembly task execution).

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TouchDIVER adoption

The TouchDIVER allowed to provide the user with an improved telepresence, thanks to the force feedback perceived at user’s fingertips. In this way, it was possible to fill what the robot was filling, thus improving the task performance.

"TouchDIVER has a huge potential in robotics applications"

"The experience with TouchDIVER is very intuitive and it has a huge potential in robotics applications, to improve teleoperation and telepresence” –

Loris Roveda, Senior Researcher at IDSIA USI-SUPSI.

Application context

TouchDIVER can serve as an exceptional human-machine interface on the master side. Operators are empowered with a natural and comfortable means of controlling the slave system while receiving valuable feedback on the robot’s interactions with the environment. Through haptic feedback, it is possible to feel the shape, textures, and temperature of objects manipulated by the robot, thus enhancing their overall sense of presence in the application.

About

The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA (Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull’Intelligenza Artificiale) is a joint research institute of both the Faculty of Informatics of the Università della Svizzera Italiana and the Department of Innovative Technologies of SUPSI, the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, focusing on algorithms and theory of AI and computer science, machine learning (deep neural networks, graph neural networks, reinforcement learning), intelligent control of networked systems, geometric and visual computing, information retrieval and natural language processing, and autonomous robotics.

TouchDIVER haptic glove

TouchDIVER

TouchDIVER is the only VR haptic glove that co-localizes on fingertips the 3 stimuli influencing touch – force feedback, textures and thermal cues.

With TouchDIVER, interacting with virtual objects feels as natural as the real thing.