Telepresence
robot

CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 2021

PRICE: < 10000 €

RUN TIME (H): PLANNED >2h

MAX SPEED (M/S): 1,09

We are building a relatively simple telepresence robot, Hynebot, that can act as a substitute or a kind of an avatar for a physically distant teacher in a prototype laboratory. This device is built as a student project by using common and inexpensive components. Welcome to follow our project! 

The telepresence robot project is experimental so it will have continuous development and hands on testing and the project will be ongoing even as student groups will change. The project outlines how a robotics project can be introduced to help students understand all aspects of design, implementation and operation.

Telepresence
Robot

CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 2021​

PRICE: < 10000 €

RUN TIME (H): PLANNED >2h

MAX SPEED (M/S): 1,09

We are building a relatively simple telepresence robot, Hynebot, that can act as a substitute or a kind of an avatar for a physically distant teacher in a prototype laboratory. This device is built as a student project by using common and inexpensive components. Welcome to follow our project!

The telepresence robot project is experimental so it will have continuous development and hands on testing and the project will be ongoing even as student groups will change. The project outlines how a robotics project can be introduced to help students understand all aspects of design, implementation and operation.

Power and Electronics

MAIN
MOTORS

Type: 3x 53W BLDC
Standard 110mm scooter wheels

BATTERY

Type: E-Bike battery
Specifications: 25,4V – 24,5Ah
Docking capability

MAIN
CONTROLLER

Intel NUC 10th gen
ROS2 – Robot Operating System middleware

BATTERY
MANAGEMENT
SYSTEM

Type: Orion 2 BMS
Supplier: Areny Energie Alternativa

Build

FRAME

Material: Nordic birch plywood (and thermoformable plywood)
Supplier:
Thicknesses: 24, 15 and 6,5 mm
Flat pack capable (at least planned)
Footprint: 61x56 cm

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 44 kg
Height: 137 cm

CAMERA

Type: Intel D435i RGB-D

SCREEN

Inches: 10,1"
Size:1920x1200
Touch support

AUDIO

Mono, 25W

SENSORS

Ultrasonic,
RGB-D,
IMU

WHEELS

Type: 3x Modified swerve drive,
Omnidirectional

ARM/CRABBER

Type: Dorna 2, 6(+) DoF
Arm carry capacity: 1,5 kg

Power and Electronics

MAIN MOTORS

Type: 3x 53W BLDC
Standard 110mm scooter wheels

BATTERY

Type: E-Bike battery
Specifications: 25,4V – 24,5Ah
Docking capability

MAIN CONTROLLER

Intel NUC 10th gen
ROS2 – Robot Operating System middleware

BATTERY MANAGEMENT
SYSTEM

Type: Orion 2 BMS
Supplier: Areny Energie Alternativa

Build

FRAME

Material: Nordic birch plywood (and thermoformable plywood)
Supplier:
Thicknesses: 24, 15 and 6,5 mm
Flat pack capable (at least planned)
Footprint: 61x56 cm

DIMENSIONS

Weight: 44 kg
Height: 137 cm

CAMERA

Type: Intel D435i RGB-D

SCREEN

Inches: 10,1"
Size: 1920x1200
Touch support

AUDIO

Mono, 25 W

SENSORS

Ultrasonic,
RGB-D,
IMU

WHEELS

Type: 3x Modified swerve drive,
Omnidirectional

ARM/CRABBER

Type: Dorna 2, 6(+) DoF
Arm carry capacity: 1,5 kg​


Virtual, but actively present teacher in a protolab

The Hynebot is a camera eye and robot arm connected to microphone, loudspeaker and moveable platform all controlled remotely. It does not function like some programmed robots which would require at least some artificial intelligence. The tool that wakes up to work only when someone remotely connects to it and starts using it.

Several visiting teachers can use the same tool, and naturally, the knowledge of a robot thus depends a lot on the skills of the person using it. Students can also ask questions via a robot to the person accompanying them.

The robotic system includes several components: a camera, a main processor for video processing and wireless communication, speakers for remote user audio, an embedded auxiliary processor (traction motor control), a manipulator arm, and batteries and required peripherals such as indicator lights.

The main operating environment of the device will be a proto workshop, so the area will be about 330m2 consisting mainly of worktables and some manufacturing equipment in the larger space, and smaller workshops behhind closed doors. The operating environment of the device effects the requirements and it needs to be able to move outside its main operating environment as well, although it will need to maintain an internet connection in order to be remote controlled.

Another telepresence robot was built at the same time in M5 industries, San Francisco, and in this way, the university students were able to exchange experiences and thoughts with M5 industries group, and for example, try and learn what it’s like to control a robot on another continent. Future practical experiences with our telepresence robot in the prototype laboratory will help us to develop both technology and practice further.


Virtual, but actively present teacher in a protolab

The Hynebot is a camera eye and robot arm connected to microphone, loudspeaker and moveable platform all controlled remotely. It does not function like some programmed robots which would require at least some artificial intelligence. The tool that wakes up to work only when someone remotely connects to it and starts using it.

Several visiting teachers can use the same tool, and naturally, the knowledge of a robot thus depends a lot on the skills of the person using it. Students can also ask questions via a robot to the person accompanying them.

The robotic system includes several components: a camera, a main processor for video processing and wireless communication, speakers for remote user audio, an embedded auxiliary processor (traction motor control), a manipulator arm, and batteries and required peripherals such as indicator lights.

The main operating environment of the device will be a proto workshop, so the area will be about 330m2 consisting mainly of worktables and some manufacturing equipment in the larger space, and smaller workshops behhind closed doors. The operating environment of the device effects the requirements and it needs to be able to move outside its main operating environment as well, although it will need to maintain an internet connection in order to be remote controlled.

Another telepresence robot was built at the same time in M5 industries, San Francisco, and in this way, the university students were able to exchange experiences and thoughts with M5 industries group, and for example, try and learn what it’s like to control a robot on another continent. Future practical experiences with our telepresence robot in the prototype laboratory will help us to develop both technology and practice further.

Talents involved

The main purpose of the JHC Ukkonen is to offer students a practical annual project beside their theoretical course reports. Continuity is also an important goal for us: we want to make Ukkonen better each year, while competing with other universities for having the fastest superbike. While superbike projects are easily linked with technically driven people, students from various fields are needed to build one. See our amazing team behind JHC Ukkonen below.

ALEX ANTTILA

Electrical Engineering

TOMI SUIKKARI

Industrial Design Engineering

AARO KURKELA

Industrial Design Engineering

KAROLIINA AHVENAINEN

LAB University of Applied Sciences
Visual Arts

JOEL LIUKKONEN

Electrical Engineering

JORGE CAMMARANO

Mechanical Engineering

HENRY HILTUNEN

Electrical Engineering

NOORA SAKSA

Industrial Engineering

TERHI VIRKKI-HATAKKA

LUT School of Business and Management

MARKKU IKÄVALKO

LUT School of Business and Management

MARKO KASURINEN

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Machine design

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