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Interfacing the Public and Technology: A Web Controlled Mobile Robot. Erin J. Harris R. Andrew Lamonica Jerry B. Weinberg. Motivation. Provide opportunities for the public to interact with current robot technology

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Interfacing the public and technology a web controlled mobile robot

Interfacing the Public and Technology: A Web Controlled Mobile Robot

Erin J. Harris

R. Andrew Lamonica

Jerry B. Weinberg


Motivation

Motivation

  • Provide opportunities for the public to interact with current robot technology

  • Engage K-12 students and the general public with positive and realistic images of technology

  • Provide an educational resource for K-12 students and teachers

  • Foster positive attitudes towards science and technology


Designing with kids

Designing with Kids

  • Contextual Interviews

    • 4 groups of varying ages (K-12)

  • Card Sorting

    • High school students

  • Paper Prototyping

    • 3rd grade students


Demonstration sort of

Demonstration (Sort Of…)


How the robot works k 6 target audience

How the Robot Works: K-6 Target Audience


K 6 target audience

K-6 Target Audience


K 6 target audience1

K-6 Target Audience


Linked to material for 6 up audience

Linked to Material for 6 & Up Audience


How the robot works 6 up target audience

How the Robot Works: 6 & Up Target Audience


How the robot works 6 up target audience1

How the Robot Works: 6 & Up Target Audience


Watch option

Watch Option


Marvin watching taz at midnight

Marvin Watching Taz at Midnight


Control option

Control Option


Control option1

Control Option


How old is taz

“How old is Taz?”

  • Middle and primary school presentations

  • Remote lecture with Florida 6th graders


On site interactions

On-site Interactions

  • Open house events

  • “Webcasts” of other robotic events and competitions

  • Administration loves the PR

    • Numerous news articles

    • Positive unsolicited public feedback

    • Helps us get funding for other stuff


Interesting hits

Interesting Hits


3 layer implementation

3 Layer Implementation

Java ControlApplet

User’s Computer(s)

Movement requests

User

information

Middle Man

Web Server

Movement requests

Camera feed

Completion information

Remote Control Server

Robot’s Onboard PC

Safe

commands

Completion information

Pioneer 2 Operating System (P2OS)

Robot’s Microcomputer


The grid

The Grid

  • A digital map of the building

    • The map is created by moving the robot around the building

    • The grid points are drawn on the map using our software

  • Each point is a location Taz is permitted to occupy

  • Taz can only move between points connected by an edge


Future work

Future Work

  • Orientation

    • Give the users a sense of where “they” are when they gain control

  • Camera Control

    • Provide pan-tilt options to the users

  • Visible AI

    • Provide K-12 students a more direct understanding of how Taz navigates and localizes

  • Multiple levels of interaction

    • Add the option of sending Taz to a certain point or some kind of “trip” planning


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