Exploration of alternative interaction techniques for robotic systems

Takeo Igarashi, Masahiko Inami

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A robotic system can be considered a computer with the capacity to interact with the real world using sensors and actuators. This article reports on the authors' experiences in developing novel user interfaces for robotic systems, especially in the home environment. High-level control methods that use gestural or speech commands are overly ambiguous or excessively detailed for daily use. The proposed approach is to apply techniques developed in the human-computer interaction field, such as augmented reality and tangible user interfaces, to human-robot interaction. The authors introduce prototype systems such as home appliance control methods using augmented reality, a paper-based method for instructing mobile robots, and various I/O devices to enhance physical interaction with robotic systems. They then discuss lessons learned and directions for future research based on their experiences building these prototype robotic systems and interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7021858
Pages (from-to)33-41
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1


  • augmented reality
  • computer graphics
  • home appliances
  • human-robot interaction
  • interaction techniques
  • tangible user interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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