As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is examining new approaches to increase the competitiveness of smaller U.S.-based manufacturers. Collaborative robotics is one way to increase automation, leveraging the specialized skills of human workers along with the increased repeatability and throughput of robots. However, in order for humans to efficiently work alongside robots, new types of interfaces are needed to streamline interactions. Augmented reality, especially wearable devices, are a new approach that can enable task training, hands-free interactions, and increased safety through situational awareness. This paper will explore some preliminary approaches to integrating augmented reality for a collaborative manufacturing environment.
Workshop on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality for Human-Robot Interaction
March 5, 2018
manufacturing robotics, augmented reality, interfaces