Intuitive Human-Robot Interaction

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Nov 14, 2013 (4 years ago)



Intuitive Human
Robot Interaction

the Future of Robot Programming

PROFACTOR, the Steyr, Austria based corporate group specialized in manufacturing
technology, will be presenting in Hall B1 an intuitively programmable gripper demonstrator,
thus showing
the way to the future of robot programming. The demonstrator was developed
in part within the scope of the AHUMARI FIT
IT project.

Conventional programming techniques, such as teach
in and off
line programming, are no
longer used to control the robot, ins
tead it is programmed intuitively by the machine operator.
This technology provides impressive advantages. The intuitive programming technique is
simple and time
saving and enables customized products (batch size 1 production), reduces
production downtime
and drastically cuts the cost of software adaptation.

“Anyone able to use an iPhone can control this robot,” Andreas Pichler, Head of Robotics
and Adaptive Systems at PROFACTOR, stated confidently.

The robot’s hardware was developed by FerRobotics, PROF
ACTOR’s partner of many
years. An intelligent 3D object recognition system creates a model of the real situation of the
workpieces, which is then transmitted to a touch panel. The robot processes this information,
proposing virtual gripping points on the p
anel. Should these points not be optimal in the
operator’s view, he can intervene in the process by simply marking new gripping points on
the display. The system learns the new gripping points, storing in a database this knowledge
along with the correspond
ing workpieces. The stored knowledge is subsequently retrieved to
solve similar problems during later process execution. The system thus co
learns in
operation and is successively capable of solving tasks independently, in this way achieving a
greater degr
ee of autonomy.

The industrial application of augmented reality technology used here, developed at the Upper
Austrian University of Applied Sciences under the leadership of Dr. Michael Haller, is
becoming increasingly important in robotics. With augmente
d reality technology, computer
generated virtual objects are superimposed visually on real objects, enabling appropriate
responses to situations in real working environments. “For instance, a virtual image of repair


procedures could be displayed on data gl
asses worn by a maintenance technician at work,”
Pichler noted, citing another application to explain the technique. Reality is supplemented by
an additional level, which is the reason this technology is often referred to as augmented

Technical contact

DI Dr. Andreas Pichler

Head of Robotics & Adaptive Systems

Tel.: +43 (0) 7252 / 885


Media contact:

Kathrin Riedlecker B.A. Comm.

Corporate Comm

Tel. +43 (0) 7252 / 885



Im Stadtgut A2 | A
4407 Steyr