This DEXO product combines a force-feedback exoskeleton arm, software and a control center. With DEXO, complex robotic teleoperations are made more intuitive and effective thanks to its capability to render force or guidance information during operations. Associated with virtual or augmented reality rendering, these technologies can also be useful in interactive training, upper body rehabilitation and remote operations in dangerous surroundings.
The DEXO hand exoskeleton offers multi-finger force feedback interactions for accurate and dexterous end-effector operations. It includes 6 active degrees of freedom (one per finger and two for the thumb), plus passive lateral finger joints to improve manipulability and comfort of the user inside the exoskeleton. The hand can easily be interfaced with the DEXO arm exoskeleton or used independently.
As part of the DEXO solution, additional technologies can be associated with the arm/hand exoskeletons to offer a custom solution to customers. The DEXO virtual reality environment is built on top of Unity3D, working in association with a dedicated haptics and physical engine allowing accurate and stable haptic rendering while providing immersive capabilities to the operator (e.g. with 3D head mounted displays). It is compatible with the full dual arm and hand exoskeletons configuration. The DEXO control center features the tools for operations monitoring and control, and is compatible with satellite relayed teleoperation.
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