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Virtual Robot Arm In Assisting Robotics Students' Learning
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Virtual Reality (VR), declared as the next step technologies after multimedia is believed to give a great impact in educational system as it provides alternative tools for teaching. With it enhance features it could be a turning point where it gives a new interesting and exciting environment that could motivate students' learning and interest in particular subjects. One of the benefits that VR offers is the ability to visualize physical object which student can have the trial and error session before actually practicing it on real things. Here comes to the point where the idea of having virtual robot in assisting students learning emerged. Instead of studying the physical robot in class, students can study the virtual robot on computer at home prior to class or even in the class itself

Students who ware taking the robotic courses in universities confront with the problems of the basic robotic principles understanding due to lack exposure. The same problem occurs in universities as more robotics equipment is needed to fulfill the needs of more students. The major problem facing many institution proposing a course in robotic is amount and type of students' exposure the real robots. It is important for the students to be exposed to the robots in their learning process. Due to the physical robot being expensive, many academics institution cannot facilitate enough robots to the entire class. Therefore, utilizing VR as a tool to develop fully-functional 3D virtual robots can substantially minimize the ownership cost.

This project focuses on utilizing VR technology for development of virtual robot to assist students' leaning. VR is a good solution to the hardware and time saving teaching method problem. This is due to its pervasive in its applications; the cost of the technology will eventually drop and the quality of experiences with VR system will improve.

With the prototype of virtual robot developed, its potential to oversea not only education but in construction, manufacturing, advertisement and marketing. For an example, firms and company can control their robot from the virtual robot. Training can be done preliminary by using virtual robot before handling physical robot. Hence this could reduce the cost of error during the manipulation of the physical robot.

The prototype developed can be commercialised to all of the institution which are teaching the robotics. It also have a potential to be commercialised to other industries which involved the robotic course.

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Research and Innovation Management Center (RIMC), Universiti Utara Malaysia,
06010 Sintok

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Shahrul Azmi Mohd Yusof
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