Modular robotic tiles: experiments for children with autism

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2009

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We developed a modular robotic tile and a system composed of a number of these modular robotic tiles. The system composed of the modular robotic tiles engages the user in physical activities, e.g., physiotherapy, sports, fitness, and entertainment. The modular robotic tiles motivate the user to perform physical activities by providing immediate feedback based upon their physical interaction with the system. With the modular robotic tiles, the user is able to make new physical set-ups within less than a minute. The tiles are applicable for different forms of physical activities (e.g., therapeutic rehabilitation), and with the proper radio communication mechanism they may give unique possibilities for documentation of the physical activity (e.g., therapeutic treatment). A major point of concern in modular robotics is the connection mechanism, so we investigated different solutions for the connection between the modules, and outline their pros and cons for utilizing modules with different connection mechanisms as different kinds of playware. This kind of playware is highly motivating because of its immediate feedback and fun, interesting games.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArtificial Life and Robotics
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)394-400
StatePublished - 2009
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI


  • Playware, Therapy, Human–robot interaction, Modular robotics
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