Research conducted at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh supports hazardous environmental research at the National Robotarium. The research is based on the famous four-legged robot from the Boston Dynamics Spot that will help save lives and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. New hardware will be used by experts to investigate how robots can support humans in dangerous environments such as offshore energy inspection and disaster recovery.
The robot is being fitted with ‘telexistence’ technology that will allow researchers to assess the effectiveness of robotic assistance in hazardous environments. The technology lets humans experience an environment without being there, using devices like microphones and cameras to relay sounds and videos.