Kouhei Ohnishi, a Japanese researcher and system design engineering professor at Keio University, on Friday presented his latest invention that can transmit force between two devices instantly and wirelessly.
Ohnishi’s device permits two-way communication of the amount of pressure being applied and the resistance it is encountering in real time, the international press reports. It can be used to remotely carry out tasks in environments where it is not safe for people to work in – such as areas with high temperatures or radiation.
His development could also be used in the future by therapists to treat patients remotely.
“For physical therapy, the feeling and movement of therapists must be transferred without any delay,” Ohnishi said.
“The therapist will also be able to feel how well the patient’s limbs are moving, for example, which is a key piece of information”.
The technology could also amplify or diminish the force being applied, Ohnishi said.
“We could apply this technology to do construction work that could not be done by humans,” he added.
Ohnishi made a demonstration of his technology, with an AFP reporter who tested the device saying that, when using a lever on one device to make the other one push a fork into an apple, it was possible to feel the resistance of the fruit’s skin as the fork penetrated it.