Mobile control interface for modular robots

Abstract

This mobile control interface was developed to find an intuitive and efficient manner to interact with modular robots called Roombots. This is an iPad application that provides an augmented reality environment in order to interact with virtual 3D pieces of furniture made of Roombots.

A user study was conducted to decide whether the ability to move inside the room and the use of augmented reality positively influence the interactions with the virtual objects. The users has to perform two tasks consisting in arranging furniture in a room. Their completion time and the precision of their placement are measured.

It was found that the precision is improved when the users are able to move inside the room. The users said to prefer being dynamic and in an augmented reality environment, even if this last fact was not confirm by the results of the study.