The TELESAR V allows a human controller to experience the same sensations as the robot, even from thousands of miles away.

Whether they’re RC Cars spinning around in your driveway, or NASA’s Rovers crossing a Martian landscape millions of miles away, remote controlled robotics are nothing new. But imagine what scientists could discover if the rovers allowed them to experience Mars as if they were really there. For the first time, a team of researchers at Keio University’s Tachi Lab in Tokyo have invented a system that lets a human operator feel what a remote controlled robot is touching.

The TELESAR V is the fifth generation of TELExistence Surrogate Anthropomorphic Robots created by Prof. Susumu Tachi, who came up with the idea for telexistence back in 1980. He proposes that telexistence is a system that would let people have “a highly realistic sensation of existence in a remote place without any actual travel.” That is, a robot like TELESAR V could be somewhere like the top of Mt. Everest, while its human controller is somewhere else safe and warm and probably not exhausted, but able to experience the same sensations as the TELESAR V.

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