Optical beam interface for mobile robot control

Tomoko Sakai*, Shuji Hashimoto

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Today, we are using many types of control pads to control home electronic appliances or sometimes small mobile robots. These control modules are very convenient because we can send various control signals to each appliance. However, when those modules have so many control buttons, we have to learn the usage of them. Moreover, when the number of control modules increases as the number of appliances increase, we have to carefully select the appropriate controller for the appliance we want to control. In this research, we propose an optical beam interface, which can control all home electronic appliances in common. This interface consists of two parts. One is a luminescence part with a laser diode for user side. The other is a light detecting part with some light sensitive elements for electronic appliance side. We focus on a motion control of a home robot especially in this paper by introducing a structure of the proposed interface and the small mobile robot with experimental results.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics, AROB 13th'08
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event13th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics, AROB 13th'08 - Oita
    Duration: 2008 Jan 312008 Feb 2


    Other13th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics, AROB 13th'08


    • Heme electric appliances
    • Home robot control
    • Intuitive interface
    • Optical beam interface

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Human-Computer Interaction


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