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When you hit this robot in VR, it hits back in real life

By Cal Jeffrey · 5 replies
May 16, 2019
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  1. Several companies are working on gloves that provide haptic feedback and realistic resistance when griping virtual objects. Google has a patent for motorized shoes that will let VR users walk around in a game without bumping into walls in real life. Let's not forget Feelreal, which has a “Sensory Mask” that allows players to smell odors in games.

    For the most part, I am all for immersive VR technologies, but James Bruton and the University of Portsmouth might have taken immersion a little bit too far by developing a robot that can fight humans while they play a game in VR.

    Bruton is an electrical engineer and YouTube content creator who has been posting videos of his robotic creations for the last several years. His latest video showcases a robot that will punch you in real life while you are fighting it in VR. Why not just take off the headset and fight it for real is anyone’s guess.

    The bot has a wooden base with wheels and two pneumatic arms wielding boxing gloves that it uses to punch the player. An Arduino Mega serial interface powers the robo-gladiator. Vive sensors track the robot’s arms as well as the player’s visor and baton, and the actions are synced to a custom made VR game in real-time.

    The contraption and software were created with the help of engineering students at the University of Portsmouth’s Computer Game Technology program. Since the robot was just part of the students' final-year degree project, don’t expect to see the accessory in stores.

    Even if it were available — for immersive VR technologies — I'd take a pass on this one.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,389   +3,778

    What's it's name? I vote for "X-Wife" ......
    Cal Jeffrey and VitalyT like this.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,196   +1,625

    I feel like they were going for a Boarderlands style.
  4. elementalSG

    elementalSG TS Booster Posts: 114   +94

    Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! never felt more real, literally
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,400   +627

    What, no three laws of robotics?
  6. Markoni35

    Markoni35 TS Booster Posts: 196   +92

    Robotic brutality! Human lives matter!

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