Connecting the virtual with the real with the help of Haply Robotics

Connecting the virtual with the real with the help of Haply Robotics

Haply Robotics allows you to remotely control robots or perform virtual simulations while having tactile sensations. (Photo: Happy Robotics)

Haply Robotics is enjoying worldwide success thanks to its haptic controller that enables remote control of robots and virtual simulations.

Founded in 2018, the young Montreal company now wants to expand into the 3D world, especially by establishing itself as an essential tool in drawing and animation.

“Until now, we’ve been mostly in B2B, but soon we’ll focus on consumers or micro-SMEs,” Tatiana Ruiz, head of business development at Haply, explains in an interview. We believe that we can develop a device for 3D drawing within two years. It will be more intuitive and faster than using a mouse or a tablet like those from Wacom.”

At CES in Las Vegas

The young company is at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to meet potential robotics partners and promote its flagship product, the Inverse3. This controller resembles a removable arm that reproduces tactile sensations, making it easier to remotely control robots or accurately simulate engineering tasks. For example, trainee surgeons can use it to experience an operation where a bone is drilled in a virtual environment, while having the same sensations as in reality. The tool can also be useful in dangerous places, such as a nuclear power plant, to remotely control a robot while feeling like you’re controlling it directly.

“This technology is not new, but compared to our competitors, our product is much more compact and therefore portable, while being more affordable,” says Tatiana Ruiz. We have customers all over the world, for example in Japan and Europe. We had great success in Singapore. We sell around 200-300 machines a year.”

Build links

Haply Robotics relies on the expansion of robotics and virtual reality to grow. Assembled in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, its tool, which is often used in research and development, is suitable for many industries such as healthcare, aerospace, telecommunications, energy and vehicles.

Because it hopes to make bot compatibility easier, it’s important to connect with bot manufacturers. The young company already works with Kinova and Mecademic, two Quebec manufacturers, but wants to expand its partnerships.

“We want companies that sell robots to offer our controller at the same time,” explains Tatiana Ruiz.

He plans to raise funds to make more and refine his instrument to reflect other sensations such as twisting. The company would also like its software, which connects its machine to the controlled one, to be docked without intervention from its team to make it easier for the customer to use.

All these wishes should be fulfilled in the new version of its flagship tool, which, however, will not be ready until two years from now.

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