Saturday 28 August 2010

Multitouch robot swarm interface controller

Robotics science researcher Dr. Mark Micire of UMass Lowell has developed a multitouch control interface using a Microsoft Surface table together with some of Microsoft's Robot Developer Studio products.

The video here demonstrates some examples of the gestures being used to control swarms of robots for disaster response, search, and rescue.

Two thirds into the video we see what must be the most unbelievably cool and useful aspect to this interface - the intuitive tabletop joystick widget, called the DREAM Controller, directly underneath the users hand.

The cool music piece is by Peace Orchestra with Who Am I (Chateau Flight Mix), off the Reset album.
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