Gleechi, virtual grasp

The collaboration in the Handcode project is to be carried out by RISE SICS Västerås and Gleechi in Sweden alongside The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in France.

At the heart of the project is the ‘Virtual Grasp’ technology provided by Gleechi. This solution was borne from the understanding that the most common physical action that people use for interacting with the world is grasping objects with their hands. Traditionally this has not been easy to translate into a simulated environment where virtual hands have typically been rigid or their movements pre-defined. The Virtual Grasp changes the parameters by animating hands that can move and interact freely and realistically.

The Innovation Activity will initially focus on providing a standardised platform that minimises the need for customisation for each customer case. The platform will handle standard ways of interaction for training, such as using regular tools, pulling levers and pushing buttons. Pilots with manufacturing companies are planned for late 2017 before a commercial roll-out in early 2018.