Quanser Interactive Labs

The only scalable way to bring credible, high-fidelity, interactive lab experiences to your students off-campus.

Distance learning is becoming an essential component of modern engineering education, but moving a traditional engineering course online remains challenging. Based on our industry-leading hardware platforms for controls, robotics, and mechatronics, the Quanser Interactive Labs platform can deliver meaningful hardware experiences to your students using a desktop or smart devices.

Rich interactive experiences for the lecture and the lab

Leverage Quanser Interactive Labs not only to offer students credible lab activities accessible off-campus but integrate them into your online lectures and bring even more interaction and engagement to your course material.

A turn-key cross-platform solution

Quanser Interactive Labs’ virtual high-fidelity plants give students academically appropriate hardware experiences on Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Labs come with a complete student curriculum, including “check your understanding” and full assessment questions and lab reporting.

Scalable solutions for teaching and research

Quanser Interactive Labs are stand-alone applications that can be licensed by institutions for their students or purchased directly by students. This makes our platform much more scalable than traditional systems relying on access to hardware assets.

Quanser Interactive Labs include

Integrate Quanser Interactive Labs into your existing online courses or new course offerings quickly and easily, without any on-campus infrastructure or resources.

For more ambitious project-based teaching or research activities, the virtualization platform can be expanded to accommodate custom dynamic models and control solutions, or even more ambitious platforms including sensor-rich unmanned vehicles.

QLabs Controls

QLabs Controls is a scalable platform capable of delivering credible, academically appropriate, and high-fidelity lab experiences through interactions with virtual hardware. QLabs Controls is based on Quanser physical plants and is accompanied by comprehensive curriculum covering topics such as modelling, speed and position control, and aerospace control, instructor resources, and tools to manage student access and monitor their progress.

QLabs Robotics

With QLabs Robotics, we’ve created a solution that we believe is the ideal platform to take your robotics course off-campus by providing students with their own open and customizable manipulator and mobile robot. From mobile to manipulator robotics, the QLabs Robotics virtual systems give students an opportunity to learn and experience the world of modern robotics – whether they are in lecture halls, labs, or living rooms.

Mobile Robots Outside Your Lab

QLabs Robotics brings the experience of creating algorithms for the QBot 2e platform to a Windows 10 desktop by providing a completely interactive virtual robot that works the same way as our “real” robots. You can deploy our or your own teaching and research algorithms on the virtual QBot 2e to give every student their own real robotics experience. From measuring simulated sensors, including video and depth data, to interacting with virtual environments, the virtual QBot 2e offers a seamless experience that requires no changes to existing code created for the “real” robot.

Robotic Manipulators Where You Need Them

For more traditional manipulator robotics courses and researcher projects, we’re also including our modern manipulator designed for teaching cutting-edge robotics from control to machine learning and Industry 4.0. The QArm is more than just a versatile and dynamic manipulator system. It also includes an Intel RealSense RGBD camera to enable exciting applications, including visual servoing and object identification in MATLAB/Simulink and beyond.

Along with the virtual arm, we’ll also be releasing our QArm curriculum that covers the manipulator robotics topics essential to modern robotics courses, including the basics of kinematics, differential kinematics, path planning, and more. When the physical QArm is released later this year, the curriculum and lab activities can be offered on-campus without any updates or modifications, or combined with the virtual activities to offer a blended experience with the advantages of both approaches.