Extend Robotics is a UK startup that uses consumer virtual reality (VR) technology to make it easier for individuals to control robotic hardware remotely. Unlike most robotic companies, our vision is to extend human capabilities beyond physical presence, rather than replace them.
Our technology enables people to work remotely with robots on a variety of physical tasks, such as: B. Freeing people from dangerous jobs in dangerous industries. It can also improve access to the global workforce and reduce the need for expensive and polluting international travel.
How did you come up with the idea for the company?
For those of us working in this space, it’s a really exciting time for this form of technology, with a boom in the rise of robots being used in real-world applications. But there is also a human element to this revolution, as technology will undeniably replace jobs, and lots of them. Not only in production lines, warehouses and manufacturing, but also in supermarkets, restaurants and even hospitals.
Although new jobs are being created, the technical expertise currently needed in these roles (e.g. a robotic engineer) differs significantly from that being replaced (e.g. an assembly line worker), resulting in a requires rapid skill changes for today’s workforce. So the question is less if or when this revolution will happen and more how we deal with it.
I developed Extend Robotics to make humans a crucial part of this process. With accessible consumer technology, we enable anyone to teleoperate and automate robotics with minimal training, while ensuring no one is left behind.
How has the company performed during the pandemic?
The pandemic has rapidly increased engagement with the concept of remote work from both employers and employees. While this was primarily for traditionally office-based roles, there is growing interest in how remote work can be applied to physical tasks as well.
Coupled with the rollout of 5G that started in the same period, we’re getting more diverse and some surprising requests for how our technology can enhance or enhance their processes.
What can we expect from Extend Robotics in the future?
We recently added our Advanced Mechanics Assistance System (AMAS) to the ecosystem of the world’s largest manufacturer of collaborative robots, Universal Robots. This not only validates our solution, but gives us access to larger global markets.
As we look further into the future, the greater reliability, ultra-low latency, enhanced security, and increased high-bandwidth capacity that 5G offers may help improve remote work through services like ours. We are already working with telcos to show what 5G can offer and we look forward to demonstrating how our VR-based remote robotics solutions can have a positive impact on a variety of real-world scenarios e.g. industrial hazardous material handling, logistics , hospitality and healthcare.
https://techround.co.uk/interviews/dr-chang-liu-extend-robotics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dr-chang-liu-extend-robotics A conversation with Dr. Chang Liu, Founder and CEO of Robotic Teleoperation Company: Extend Robotics