From R2-D2 to Today’s Telepresence: Robotics and AV

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

R2-D2’s hologram projector saved the day for Princess Leia, allowing her to send an audiovisual message through the use of a droid. In the movies, as well as in real life, the merging of AV and robotics was logical and inevitable. Today, robotics technology enhances AV innovation, and AV technology is an integral part of robotics development.

At Integrated Systems Europe 2016, Panasonic demonstrated its impressive 80” 4K displays mounted on industrial-strength robotic arms. They partnered with XPION and IBG to create the synchronized display systems that are calibrated for dramatic experiences and designed to rent for live events.


Robotics can enhance our audiovisual experiences in a variety of ways. Robotics technology has long been used in space to give us views of the planets and stars. The Curiosity rover, for example, is equipped with several cameras that have been supplying Earth with images of Mars. On this planet, robotic technologies are used for work like allowing surgeons to operate remotely through telepresence. Robotic drones are used for everything from viewing military locations remotely to playing music for crowds in line for a concert.

Mobile robots outfitted with displays can show us around places we can’t visit physically. They allow us to explore, hands free and risk free in dangerous environments. And they can be programmed to use as instruction tools. A professor can teach remotely by video conferencing through a robot outfitted with a tablet.

We’re sure to see more show-stopping unveilings at industry trade shows that reflect the integration of AV and robotic technology. As both areas continue to make exciting improvements, the merging of the two worlds means we can look forward to some truly innovative products and solutions.

As a full-service integration partner, AVI Systems can answer your questions about the newest AV technologies, as well as compatible solutions. Contact us with your questions or for more information.