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1 University of Glasgow A University of Glasgow research group has successfully demonstrated what it claims is the country’s first teleoperation of a robotic arm over 5G. The group, led by Professor Muhammed Imran, has said that the functionality could be useful across a variety of sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare and the arts.
The work was carried out in collaboration with The Scotland 5G Centre at its urban test bed. Part of the demonstration included the use of a haptic device to complete a series of tasks, including writing and drawing.
2 USP College USP College in Essex has announced plans to open what it claims is the UK’s first ‘extended reality campus’. According to the college, the XTEND Digital site in Canvey will allow students to “create and experience content in virtual and augmented reality”.
Due to open in September, the campus will house the UK’s first two Teslasuits, alongside other virtual and augmented reality technology. The Teslasuit will “provide outputs from haptic feedback and climate control to users, receiving inputs from motion capture and biometrics”.
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3 Transport for West Midlands Transport for West Midlands has announced plans to establish a 5G-connected road sensor network to relay traffi c information. The work is being carried out in in collaboration with West Midlands 5G.
According to the organisation, the new £5.8m network will relay information to a regional control centre in order to facilitate road management. In its first phase, the project aims to “capture a more granular picture of traffi c flow” via the deployment of sensors, radar and cameras across A and B roads in the West Midlands region.
4 Globalstar Globalstar is supplying its SPOT Gen4 satellite GPS messenger devices to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for deployment to its soil researchers. According to the company, the trust’s Yorkshire Peat Partnership will use the devices to “track and safeguard” scientists and surveyors working across the county’s remote upland moors.
Peat programme manager at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Dr Tim Thom, said: “We are working in remote, diffi cult terrain in all kinds of weather, and so the SPOT Gen4 devices are an investment in our team’s safety. This is something we cannot compromise on.”
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