This work presents a novel set of accessible, unified hardware and software solutions facilitating the implementation of natural human-machine interactions, as required by collaborative robotics in both indoor and outdoor environments. This extensible framework supports vocal control, co-speech gestures, and object recognition with feature tracking and adaptive resolution. The interactions are based on a new network messaging protocol allowing any device using TCP/IP to share variables with the full abstraction of the original machine software platform and can therefore be used synchronously by a vast array of equipment including CNC machines, industrial robots, construction equipment, mobile devices and PLCs. We conclude with the description of a testing scenario to be deployed during the conference workshop.
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