This page was last updated in December 1995 and so does not give an accurate
account of the current state of web controlled machines. I'm keeping this page
here as a historic record of what was available at the time -- MJC Apr98
This page gives a list of sites that have remote equipment connected to
them. It only lists hardware that can be directly controlled by users
and does not cover things like coffee machines and cameras.
- Mechanical Gaze is a WWW based active telerobotic remote environment
browser. The browser allows multiple remote WWW users to actively
control up to six degrees of freedom of a robot arm with an attached
camera to explore a real remote environment. The initial environment
is a collection of physical exhibits which WWW users can view at
various positions, orientations, and levels of resolution.
- Use a remote controlled robot arm and camera to look into a
garden, plant seeds and water plants. Complex access controls allow
everyone to appear to control the robot at the same time - so no
long queues to use it. Picture (GIF 45k) of me and
tele-garden when I visited in May 95.
Australia Robot Arm
- A tele-operated robot in Australia. It can be moved around but
there are no access controls, so it can get confusing with many people
using it. (Oct 94 to date)
NYU's Famous Original LabCam
- Its a LabCam that you can point by clicking on an image. Another
view of an office although they leave their lights on at night.
- A camera is mounted on a computer-controlled pan-tilt
head, which you can operate by clicking on a picture. Its only
a view of an office (so there will be no light out of office
Remote Control Camera (Demo)
- Unfortunately this is only a demo. A small camera is mounted on
a pan-tilt base. The video output is sent via CUSeeMe giving a
Lab Equipment & Others
- Control a model railroad in a lab in Germany and watch it moving
Remote Electron Beam Control
- Experimental control of laboratory equipment. Shown at WWWF'94.
Standard Web users can only watch what is going on.
- Virtual Lab
Engineering Technology Department of Texas A&M University.
Student projects are focusing on making virtual
control of lab equipment such as oscilloscopes and multi-meters a common
tool for distance learning centers throughout Texas.
Interactive Christmas Tree
- Use a form to vote to turn sets of Christmas tree lights
on and off. See a current picture of the tree.
- Use a remote controlled robot arm and camera to excavate
sand! Has complex access controls and queues to make sure everyone
gets a fair chance at using the robot. This was an excellent example
of what can be accomplished on the Web. (Oct 94-Apr 95). I
visited the project in May,
picture of old Mercury robot (GIF 52k).
- After hours of searching I finally managed to track down the Internet
Toaster! Demonstrated at Interop in 1990 the toaster was the first?
controlled machine over the internet (this one using SNMP). The
company behind it have a picture on their
ACM Scrolling Sign
- Scroll a message across a LED sign outside the ACM offices
using Email or a Web form. Its now closed due to people scrolling
Created: 01 Dec 1995