Bicycles and Wheelchairs for Locomotion Control of a Simulated Telerobot Supported by Gaze- and Head-Interaction

Katsumi Minakata, Martin Thomsen, John Paulin Hansen

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    Abstract

    We present an interface for control of a telerobot that supports field-of-view panning, mode selections and keyboard typing by head- and gaze-interaction. The utility of the interface was tested by 19 able-bodied participants controlling a virtual telerobot from a wheelchair mounted on rollers which measure its wheel rotations, and by 14 able-bodied participants controlling the telerobot with a exercise bike. Both groups tried the interface twice: with head- and with gaze-interaction. Comparing wheelchair and bike locomotion control, the wheelchair simulator was faster and more manoeuvrable. Comparing gaze- and head-interaction, the two input methods were preferred by an equal number of participants. However, participants made more errors typing with gaze than with head. We conclude that virtual reality is a viable way of specifying and testing interfaces for telerobots and an effective probe for eliciting peoples subjective experiences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Publication date2018
    Pages371-378
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    Event11th Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference - Corfu, Greece
    Duration: 25 Jun 201829 Jun 2018
    Conference number: 11

    Conference

    Conference11th Pervasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments Conference
    Number11
    CountryGreece
    CityCorfu
    Period25/06/201829/06/2018

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