OpenVR: Teleoperation for Manipulation
PubDate: May 2023
Teams: Carnegie Mellon University
Writers: Abraham George, Alison Bartsch, Amir Barati Farimani
Across the robotics field, quality demonstrations are an integral part of many control pipelines. However, collecting high-quality demonstration trajectories remains time-consuming and difficult, often resulting in the number of demonstrations being the performance bottleneck. To address this issue, we present a method of Virtual Reality (VR) Teleoperation that uses an Oculus VR headset to teleoperate a Franka Emika Panda robot. Although other VR teleoperation methods exist, our code is open source, designed for readily available consumer hardware, easy to modify, agnostic to experimental setup, and simple to use.