Designing laser gesture interface for robot control

Kentaro Ishii, Shengdong Zhao, Masahiko Inami, Takeo Igarashi, Michita Imai

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A laser pointer can be a powerful tool for robot control. However, in the past, their use in the field of robotics has been limited to simple target designation, without exploring their potential as versatile input devices. This paper proposes to create a laser pointer-based user interface for giving various instructions to a robot by applying stroke gesture recognition to the laser's trajectory. Through this interface, the user can draw stroke gestures using a laser pointer to specify target objects and commands for the robot to execute accordingly. This system, which includes lasso and dwelling gestures for object selection, stroke gestures for robot operation, and push-button commands for movement cancellation, has been refined from its prototype form through several user-study evaluations. Our results suggest that laser pointers can be effective not only for target designation but also for specifying command and target location for a robot to perform.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2009 - 12th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages14
EditionPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event12th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2009 - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 2009 Aug 242009 Aug 28

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume5727 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other12th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2009


  • Human-robot interaction
  • Laser pointer
  • Stroke gesture
  • User interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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