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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













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



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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