Gesture Control Of Laboratory Instrumentation

30th March 2021: Stephen Guy, chief technical officer at the Plextek and Design Momentum Life Science Partnership, explores how to communicate with collaborative robots in a lab environment.

“The recent rush to develop effective tests for COVID-19 and the successful roll-out of the vaccination programme has put unprecedented pressure on laboratory staff all over the world. This has highlighted the need for increased laboratory automation, but these environments differ markedly from factory floors, meaning that robots often need to work in confined spaces and integrate more closely with humans.

At the Plextek and Design Momentum Life Science Partnership, we have been exploring how laboratory staff will optimise their interaction with automation and instrumentation in the future. In particular, we are investigating how gesture controls may be used with collaborative robotic systems to ensure a safe and confident working environment.”

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