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Our Tactile Telerobot made waves at Jeff Bezos’ re:MARS robotics conference and the Amazon CEO tried out our technology for himself. Speaking to GeekWire Aerospace and Science Editor, Alan Boyle, Bezos looked over at the Rubik’s Cube on the table and joked: “You want me to solve that Rubik’s Cube? I can’t even do that with my hands!” After a bit of play, he stated it felt “weirdly natural”.
That is really impressive. The tactile feedback is really tremendous!
From a small internal demo, we knew the Tactile Telerobot could transmit touch cross-country, making it the world’s first haptic telerobot hand. Now we just needed the world to see it! So, in an exclusive for WIRED magazine, we successfully trialled haptic feedback across the Atlantic, from California to London.
One of the greatest promises of advanced robotics: keeping humans out of dangerous situations
OpenAI is a non-profit AI research company, based in San Francisco, California and founded notably by business moguls Elon Musk and Sam Altman. The company are discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial intelligence. They have been experimenting with the Shadow Dexterous Hand for a while now making trailblazing advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence research.
A great write-up by Joseph Flaig for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Joseph came to our Headquarters in London to try our technology first-hand, and we challenged him to use the robot Hand to pick up some chocolates from a classic tub of Quality Streets (the ones he successfully grabbed were his to enjoy). It’s a comprehensive feature including when we started, our space ventures, our tech in the nuclear industry and what’s next for us. With a sugar rush and a story, Joseph left, and photographer, Will Amlot came in to take a bunch of bright images of our Hand (the images belong and must credit him).
People have dreamed of teleoperation – remote control – of human-like machines for decades, and Shadow recently made it reality
Thanks to Luke Dormehl for writing a detailed article about our emerging tech for Digital Trends. The article covers a great deal including our Tactile Telerobot (and a clip of it playing a game of Jenga), how we got to building our robot Hands, our Hand within AI and our shared avatar vision with Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA).
By creating a hand virtually indistinguishable from the real thing in terms of functionality, the company will help deliver robots which possess the same flexibility and range of capabilities as a human
Our Tactile Telerobot features in episode 1 of this three-part series produced by Boundless and presented by Kevin McCloud. In the episode, British Comedian, Jon Richardson, is in California and uses the Tactile Telerobot to have a romantic date with his wife, Lucy, based in London. More impressively, Jon can feel the touch sensations as he strokes Lucy’s face and feeds her breadsticks despite the two being in separate countries. Far from a love fest, the series covers a crucial question: can technology help humanity meet the coming challenges it faces? <br>On this occasion, our technology used Vodafone’s high speed 5G wireless network. If you’re interested in knowing how this works technically, see our infographic here.
People think that technology is pushing people further apart and actually, this [the Tactile Telerobot], is bringing us together.
Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, and now broadcast on national television every year, the CHRISTMAS LECTURES are the UK’s flagship science series. The Shadow Hand was featured on the series back in 2014, hosted by Danielle George. In 2019, our Hand made a subtle appearance, not as a guest, but within short promotional teasers in the lead up to the broadcast. We worked with the presenter for that year, Hannah Fry.
The bionic man conceived as a literal response to the question: how close is bionic technology in catching up with – and even exceeding – the capabilities of the human body? Shadow was the technical consultant for the project, responsible for designing the bionic man and the integration of parts from high-end manufacturers. It was built by leading UK roboticists Richard Walker (also our Managing Director) and Matthew Godden (valued staff member at Shadow Robot). The bionic man was created for a Channel 4 Special by Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP, the TV company behind Touching The Void and Richard Hammond’s Engineering Connections).
The bionic man later unveils as an exhibit at London’s Science Museum.
The Shadow Hand featured as part of a lifelike robotic avatar of Stephen Fry which he controls via the internet. Stephen sends his robot clone to present an award at the 30th Golden Joysticks Video Game Awards, allowing him to stay in the comfort of his own home. It was produced by North One Production Company for Channel 4.
It gives us a glimpse into the future. We spend 1800 hours a year at work and I’m now convinced that we’re just a few years away from robots being able to share the load – it’s just brilliant, brilliant!
In this podcast, we talk about our world’s most lifelike robotic Hand, so realistic, it even has fingernails! Our Managing Director, Rich Walker, reveals more about our captivating creation, and we explore what the invention means for automation, telepresence, and telerobotics.
From Her Majesty to a Lord to an astronaut to celebrities to ministers – our robot systems are quite a hit!
Her Majesty. The Queen and The Duke visit the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) stand at The International Festival for Business 2016 before formally opening the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool
The Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Camden, Sir Ian Johnston CBE QPM DL presents us with our Queen’s Awards trophy. We won under Innovation 2019.
We chat with Tim Peake at the UK Space Conference 2019
Adam Savage (former co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters) tries our Tactile Telerobot at Amazon’s re:MARS 2019
Shaquille O’Neal (American former professional basketball player) tries our Tactile Telerobot at Amazon’s re:MARS 2019
Chris Skidmore, UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research, and Innovation exclusively announces a £650K boost for Shadow Robot to scale up the UK’s robotics sector at a RAI event 2019 in Manchester via video.
Sir Keir Starmer, UK Labour Leader and Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras visit us in December 2018 for a grand opening of our new office and to congratulate us on our hard work in his constituency. Richard Gnodde, CEO of Goldman Sachs also visited.
Gaku Hasegawa, State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan tries the Tactile Telerobot at CETEAC 2019.
Hugo de Jonge, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands tries our Tactile Telerobot at CEATEC 2019
Yasutoshi Nishimura, Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization in Japan, tries the Tactile Telerobot at CETEAC 2019.
Yoshiaki Takeuchi, Director-General for Cybersecurity, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan, tries the Tactile Telerobot at CETEAC 2019.