WWW> Tele-robotics via the Web (fwd)

Michael Sattler, San Francisco (EST)
Thu, 8 Dec 1994 02:38:11 -0500

There's been a bit of a discussion about bringing different kinds of events
to us via CU-SeeMe, a la The Nowhere Band, a New Year's Eve
around-the-planet party, and so on. Imagine if the following used a

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: sutter@calvin.usc.edu (Carl Sutter)
Newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www.providers,comp.infosystems.www.users
Subject: ANNOUNCE: Tele-robotics via the Web

Remote Tele-Excavation via the Web

An inter-disciplinary team at the University of Southern California is
pleased to announce Mercury Site, a WWW server that allows users to
tele-operate a robot arm over the net. Users view the environment
surrounding the arm via a sequence of live images taken by a CCD
camera mounted on a commercial robot arm. The robot is positioned
over a terrain filled with sand; a pneumatic system, also mounted on
the robot, allows users to direct short bursts of compressed air into
the sand at selected points. Thus users can "excavate" regions within
the sand by positioning the arm, delivering a burst of air, and
viewing the newly cleared region.

To operate the robot you'll need an ethernet link and a WWW client
that handles forms. Have a blast:


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