Studying the Competitiveness of Master Designs in Bilateral Systems for an Epidemic Environment


P. D. S. H. Gunawardane, N. T. Medagedara, and B. G. D. A. Madhusanka, “Studying the Competitiveness of Master Designs in Bilateral Systems for an Epidemic Environment,” 9th IEEE International Conference in Ubi-Media Computing, Colombo, 2015.


Among many available types of robots, bilateral systems are widely applicable and famous. There are so many master designs that are readily available to support bilateral systems. Among them, the Joystick (Remote Control), Electromyography, Voice Control, Haptic (Mechanical and Touch Sensitive), Gesture (Hand Gesture, Body Gesture and Eye Gaze) and BCI (Brain Control Interface) are available. This study is to reveal the competitiveness of available master designs for assessing the applicability in bilateral system design for an epidemic environment. A literature survey of International research publications for bilateral medical systems for last few decades was performed to reveal the applicability, controllability (in operation), complexity (of the device), response, reliability and safety of the available master designs. Remote Controlling and Electromyography based technologies are found to be the oldest and established techniques and Haptic is in the middle stage. These conventional systems consist their own disadvantages and control issues. To overcome those issues with the emerging of vision attentive systems the gesture based designs were invented and today it has become widely applicable and well known in research. Also BCI and Voice Control based techniques are in research level and rapidly developing. The assessment of these systems is performed towards a designing of a bilateral system for an epidemic environment which is cost effective, reliable, repetitive and operator skill independent. It is found with the present technology, Gesture based controlling systems are more likely to satisfy the design requirements than other conventional and modern systems and will be widely applicable within next few decades by overcoming its minor issues.

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