Controlling robotic arms is something usually done via sensors and software that is pre-programmed. In several situation a direct control provided by a human operator is needed. The more sophisticated the robotic arm and the more complex the task it is involved, the trickier the control.
The robotic arm movements are controlled using a wireless ring the operator holds in her hand. The software transform the movement of the operator arm and hand in movement of the robotic arm, the VR goggles make the operator feeling like the robotic arm is actually her arm. This perception is further increased by the realisation that any movement of her arm and hand correspond to an equivalent movement of the robotic arm.
The software can also scale the movements and adjust the pressure to the task at hand: if it has to pick up an egg or a heavy object the pressure to be applied needs to be quite different.
Interestingly, Extended Robotics in its presentation of the software highlight the increasing interest of companies to enable remote operation also for activities that today are performed on the factory plan. The lock down that has been enforced onto several areas has affected production capabilities most. Whilst white collar activities have been moved to the cyberspace, work on the factory premises had to be stopped. The availability of these kinds of support may provide an alternative to physical presence also for these situations.