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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!