To enable students to continue hands-on lab work remotely following the shuttering of schools and universities worldwide in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, researchers from Glasgow University in Scotland have developed software that allows students to remotely control a robotic hand on the Glasgow campus.

Students taking a circuit analysis and design course at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) in Chengdu have been granted access to the Panda robot arm located in the James Watt South building on Glasgow University’s Gilmorehill campus.

The software enables users to preprogram paths that the robots follow to pick and place parts and connect them to build circuits as part of their coursework — work that would have been accomplished in the lab pre-COVID-19.

To see how students are able to control the robotic arm, watch the accompanying video that appears courtesy of Glasgow University.

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