UR+ ecosystem adds VR solutions to teleoperate cobots

Extend’s AMAS allows users to control cobots remotely. | Source: Extend Robotics

Universal Robots added Extend Robotics‘ Advanced Mechanical Assistance System (AMAS) to its UR+ ecosystem, a collection of more than 340 certified kits, components, grippers, software and safety accessories that integrate with the company’s collaborative robots (cobots). 

AMAS lets users control robotic arms remotely from anywhere in the world. The system works with user-friendly technology like Oculus and StreamVR, making it accessible to non-technical users. The virtual reality devices create 3D environments, which give users full depth perception. The equipment allows for easier controls using arm-and-hand gestures.

“We are thrilled to be part of the UR+ ecosystem,” Dr. Chang Liu, CEO and chief designer at Extend, said. “As one of the world leaders in collaborative robotics, being an official partner of Universal Robots demonstrates the quality and potential impact our products can have.”

Universal Robots’ UR+ program makes implementing cobots easier and faster by providing a network of trusted providers that provide easily integratable accessories for company’s cobots. 

“Working closely together with Extend Robotics was a great experience,” Stefan Kollmannsberger, senior UR+ implementation engineer, said. “It is always amazing to see innovative companies using new ideas to open application fields for our cobot! With the current challenges our world is facing teleoperating of our cobot will become more and more important. I am happy to see Extend Robotics joining our UR+ Ecosystem with their product!”

Universal Robots is based in Odense, Denmark and is owned by Teradyne. The company, along with AutoGuide Mobile Robots, Energid, and Mobile Industrial Robots are part of Teradyne’s industrial automation group. 

In 2021, Universal Robots brought in a record $311 million in revenue, which accounted for almost 83% of all the revenue for the industrial automation group. The company’s revenue increased 41% over 2020. 

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