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Teacher Reborn

Updated: February 21, 2015 6:30 am

Technology has always held the promise of augmenting our human abilities and making our lives easier and this time too it has proven that in future robots will be our teachers

Everyone has a dream to become an artist (specifically painter) someday. From doodling on back of your book during classes to taking a college art class, we all have a soft corner for drawing. But when we see brilliant piece of art, we tend to give up and move on hoping that there are people who can mix the lines of reality and imagination aesthetically. Keeping this dilemma in mind, time has come to give a wake-up call to your sleeping artist as technology has made it possible for you to draw with ease. A new robotic glove will soon teaches you how to draw by training your muscle memory.

Copenhagen’s Institute of Interaction Design made a gateway to connect human world with the robotic dimension. Saurabh Datta, an engineer by profession, has created a series of devices that can teach people simple tasks and one of them is Teacher. Teacher is robotic glove that coaches you to draw by forcing your hand to perform certain motions. The simple logic behind such device is to repeat the task enough times and eventually user hand will remember how to do it on its own. Earlier, Dutta introduced Forced Finger, a project similarly used forced haptic feedback to control ones index finger. Through this device a robotic lever raises and lowers the finger to hit certain keys on a piano. In both cases the machine uses your extremity like an inanimate tool rather than the complex and capable mechanism that it is.

These prototypes work on the principle of force feedback. The devices which follow this principle give some feedback of the moment via vibration or some type of force during the interaction. There are many types of devices namely game pads, joysticks, gloves, steering wheels, trackball, mice, etc., that follow this principle. This mechanical stimulation can be used to assist in the creation of virtual objects in a computer simulation, to control such virtual objects, and to enhance the remote control of machines and devices. Overall, such concepts pave the way to develop a healthy and intense relationships between humans and robots.

By Rohan Pal

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