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Virtual reality applied to industrial robots

: Neugebauer, J.; Strommer, W.; Schraft, R.D.

Mori, R. de:
Informatique '92. International Conference Interface to Real and Virtual Worlds
Nanterre: EC2, 1992
ISBN: 2-906899-70-4
Interface to Real and Virtual Worlds <1, 1992, Montpellier>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
human-computer interface; human-machine interface; industrial robot; Industrieroboter; Mensch-Maschine-System; Off-line Programmierung; off-line programming; off-line teaching; programmieren; Robot simulation System; Schnittstelle; simulation

The paper describes the development of a virtual reality testbed for industrial robot applications. The objectives of applying virtual reality techniques to robotics are to improve the human-machine interface to robot control systems and to robot simulation systems applied to manufacturing. This improved interface, used in the design of simulations and off-line programming/teaching, offers new and improved features like free path definition of robots even in simulation, better spatial understanding of the situation, visual collision avoidance and quick workcell design. A description of the testbed, including software and hardware features, will give an overview of the test facilities at IPA Stuttgart. A video tape will demonstrate the results.