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Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

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The robotic arms can be strapped to the wearer's wrists, giving the remote operator more control over the wearer's arm movements.

Researchers in Japan have developed a backpack equipped with robot arms that can be controlled remotely.

Credit: Keio University Graduate School of Media Design; University of Tokyo

Yamen Saraiji at Keio University in Japan led the development of Fusion, a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

In the Fusion project, a research subject wears a backpack equipped with robotic arms that are controlled remotely by another person who is wearing an Oculus Rift VR headset, enabling the second person to see the world from the perspective of the person wearing the device, as well as controlling the robotic arms and hands via handheld controllers.

Saraiji says the system could be useful for activities such as physical therapy and assisted learning.

The system includes a PC that streams data wirelessly between the robotic arm-wearer and the person controlling the limbs in virtual reality.

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