Video: Using virtual reality to control a crane

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It would appear the current vogue for Virtual Reality (VR) goggles knows no bounds, with the craze now entering the forestry crane segment courtesy of Swedish manufacturer Hiab.

Hiab has just delivered their first LogLift forestry crane equipped with a camera-based control system to a Swedish customer, Johan Ackesten.

The system, which Hiab has coined as 'HiVision', relays a live video feed to a set of VR goggles which the crane operator can wear in the comfort of the truck's cab.

"When we saw and tested HiVision last year, it was quite obvious for us to go for this innovative solution," Ackesten explains. "Also, my sons working with me in the company were very eager to acquire the next generation forestry crane". 

The next-gen crane could prove to be a revelation for operators who work in harsh climates, as they will easily be able to perform the tasks at hand without leaving the comfort and safety of the cab.

What a wonderful piece of innovation.  


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