We’ve all heard the rumours about Dubai’s soon-to-be robot police force, but the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) are building something which sounds much cooler.
The robots will be designed to mimic human movements, giving humans control over the robots as if they were controlling their own.
Not only that, but the creation will allow the user to feel whatever it touches.
Yeah, it’s like something straight out of James Cameron’s epic, Avatar.
The first stage of the project has already been developed, designed and built by Dr Fady Alnajjar, assistant professor in the Department of Information Technology at UAEU alongside a team of specialists.
Funding for the project has been provided by the UAE Air Force, who’ve given UAEU Dhs55,000 for the initial stages.
Dr Alnajjar and his team of students have been working for over a month to complete the first stage of the robot — two human-controlled arms via sensors.
“The only way to sense a situation at present through using a robot is through vision — there is no sensory or tactile feedback from the environment…
“When we control our own arm, we don’t have to think of this type of thing; we don’t have to consider how much freedom we need or how far to open our fingers to hold a cup or open and close the door. Our brains automatically control this,” Dr Alnajjar said in a statement.
“We are building sensors which the controller can wear, and then all they need to do is move as if they actually are the robot.”
The team working on the robot will eventually incorporate a 360-degree camera and upper limbs to the robot.