Currently, the only proper way to interact with an industrial robot is using the teach pendants. I can’t imagine that something could push them out of the factories in the near future.
In the era of the popularization of cooperative robots and the growing trend to use manipulators outside the industry there is a necessity to innovate in the way of control. And recently I have been finding such unusual ways of controlling robots more and more often.
New solutions are encouraged by the extremely intensive development of all kinds of sensors able to obtain information from our bodies. Their evolution makes the control of the robot with a voice, which until recently seemed so tempting looks outdated.
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Wouldn’t you like to control the robot like Lord Vader? With the help of hand gestures (and a bit of “power” provided by the Leap Motion sensor or video camera :-)?