Virtual reality robotics solution joins Universal Robot ecosystem

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Teleoperated robotics company Extend Robotics has had its virtual reality (VR) robotics solution certified by Universal Robots on its UR+ programme.

The UR+ programme is an ecosystem providing access to more than 340 certified kits, components, grippers, software and safety accessories that integrate with Universal Robot’s collaborative robots (cobots).

Extend Robotics’ platform – Advanced Mechanical Assistance System (AMAS) pro solution – is now part of the UR+ ecosystem. AMAS enables users to control robotic arms remotely from anywhere in the world.

Due to user-friendly VR tech like Oculus and SteamVR, non-technical users are able to harness full depth perception of 3D environments and accessible controls using intuitive arm-and-hand gestures in an immersive, real-time experience.

The system from the Reading-based company has already been deployed in environments where it is hard to achieve full automation, such as the handling of hazardous materials.

Welcoming Extend Robotics onto the UR+ ecosystem, senior UR+ implementation engineer, Stefan Kollmannsberger, said: “Working closely together with Extend Robotics was a great experience. It is always amazing to see innovative companies using new ideas to open application fields for our cobot.

“With the current challenges our world is facing teleoperating of our cobot will become more and more important. I am happy to see Extend Robotics joining our UR+ Ecosystem with their product.”

Universal Robots (Stand 422) is at Robotics and Automation 2022 on 01-02 November at the Coventry Building Society Arena. For more details, go to www.roboticsandautomation.co.uk

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