Army Robo-Teammate Can Detect, Share 3-D Changes in Real Time

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September 1, 2020 | Originally published by U.S. Army on August 24, 2020

ADELPHI, Md. — Something is different, and you can’t quite put your finger on it. But your robot can.

Even small changes in your surroundings could indicate danger. Imagine a robot could detect those changes and a warning could immediately alert you through a display in your eyeglasses. That is what U.S. Army scientists are developing with sensors, robots, real-time change detection, and augmented reality wearables.

U.S. Army researchers demonstrated in a real-world environment the first human-robot team in which the robot detects physical changes in 3-D and shares that information with a human in real time through augmented reality, who is then able to evaluate the information received and decide follow-on action.