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Free AR app helps to avoid robot hazards without a headset

13 February, 2024

The German robot-maker Kuka has developed an AR (augmented reality) app that visualises robot cells live on a smartphone or tablet, helping to achieve fast, safe start-ups. The free KUKA.MixedReality Assistant app does not need an AR headset or other dedicated hardware.

The app displays tools and interference geometries that allow early detection of any potential hazards, so that users can eliminate them before a robot starts to operate. It connects the real and virtual worlds and is said to provide clear, uncomplicated digital information.

Users can detect and correct errors quickly, accelerating installation and enhancing safety. For example, the app can simulate robot motion with a virtual gripper. Any potential collisions identified in the AR environment can be avoided in the real world so that neither the robot nor the gripper is damaged.

In addition to the app – which is available for Apple or Google devices – a package called KUKA.MixedReality Safe needs to be installed on the robot controller to act as a data source. All relevant information about the robot is transmitted directly to the mobile device via a WLAN using a router or access point and is shown on the device.

The app depicts all relevant variables on the robot in real time, including Cartesian or violated monitoring spaces, safety-oriented tools and tool spheres. Users also can view the appropriate configuration parameters. A demo mode allows functions to be tested without needing an actual robot.

Kuka’s free app allows potential collisions to be eliminated before a robot starts up

"Augmented or mixed reality is a future-oriented topic that also offers promising opportunities in robotics,” says Kuka’s simulation portfolio manager, Roland Ritter. “Kuka.MixedReality makes robot installation more user friendly and safe. This benefits customers at all levels of experience.”

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