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Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities

By IEEE Spectrum

April 22, 2019

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Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers have developed an augmented reality (AR) interface to help disabled individuals control complex assistive robots using a single-button mouse.

A paralyzed man incapable of speech uses the interface to operate a two-armed PR2 mobile manipulator via an eye-tracking mouse.

The Georgia Tech researchers said, "Our approach is to provide an [AR] interface running in a standard Web browser with only low-level robot autonomy," which uses "state-of-the-art visualization to present the robot's sensor information and options for controlling the robot in a way that people with profound motor deficits have found easy to use."

The robot can only manage low-level tasks, like tactile-sensor-driven grasping, and moving an arm to execute end-effector poses.

The interface offered consistent performance across a range of situations, so the operator could use the robot in different ways.

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