This invention consists of a method to remote control many types of laboratory equipment that is typically found in an undergraduate science (physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, etc.) course. The invention uses a web browser to create a virtual interface to the equipment and a web cam to stream real-time video. . It is designed for educational purposes, either for universities or high schools that do not have access to this type of sophisticated equipment or for the laboratory portion of a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC). Currently, laboratory portions of these courses are either pre-recorded videos or computer simulations only. A prototype using a plasma physics educational device has been developoed. While the experiment is located at PPPL, a webcam displays the experiment on the web and the parameters (voltage, magnetic field and pressure) can be controlled remotely by opening a URL which shows the streaming video, as well as a set of controls. The interface has been designed to attract users with a wide range of academic backgrounds by presenting different levels of interactivity. A queue system has been designed to control access while letting users from anywhere in the world interact with the machine
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