Australian defense invests USD 150,000 in AR technology for robots

Australian defense invests USD 150,000 in AR technology for robots

Edith Cowan University (ECU) researchers have reportedly been conferred a USD 150,000 grant to collaborate with prominent artificial intelligence (AI) enterprises to invest in technology that teaches defense force robots to interpret hand movements.

The project aims to use augmented reality (AR) glasses rather than remote controls to handle unpiloted machines with the help of hand motions. ECU's Dr Syed Zulqarnain Gilani will lead the activity along with technology developers from Chironix, Agili8, Motium, and experts like cyber security specialists and cognitive scientists from the University of Western Australia. 

According to Dr Gilani, enhancing the current functionality of robotics technology in the Australian Defence Force necessitates incorporating robots into the human environmental conditions where they can be governed by a trained person, to some extent.

Interestingly, the hand gestures will be identified by a front-facing camera mounted within the operator's AR glasses and transferred to the robot over lengthy ranges.

It has also been reported that Agili8, a Perth-based company, is constructing the eyes for the technology, with its groundbreaking XRAI Vision glasses, which will transfer hand signals from human to robot over significant distances.

According to Agile8's CTO, Chris Markovic, the use of AI and AR in the battleground will strengthen attentiveness and lessen the cognitive burden on the warrior. Chris also asserted that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what technology can uncover in a war.

In a similar context, Motium is accelerating this development by adding its mining-industry sturdy hardware competence to the table. The company stated that technology is a logical transition in information exchange for frontline troops.

University of Western Australia’s cognitive scientist, Dr Zachary Howard, who is a part of the project, backed up these claims saying that technology boosts the user experience quality when embedding robots into traditionally human teams.

Howard also mentioned that the project has the potential to alleviate the cognitive responsibilities associated with current control systems.

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