Hand- And gaze-control of telepresence robots

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Mobile robotic telepresence systems are increasingly used to promote social interaction between geographically dispersed people. People with severe motor disabilities may use eye-gaze to control a telepresence robots. However, use of gaze control for navigation of robots needs to be explored. This paper presents an experimental comparison between gaze-controlled and hand-controlled telepresence robots with a head-mounted display. Participants (n = 16) had similar experience of presence and self-assessment, but gaze control was 31% slower than hand control. Gaze-controlled robots had more collisions and higher deviations from optimal paths. Moreover, with gaze control, participants reported a higher workload, a reduced feeling of dominance, and their situation awareness was significantly degraded. The accuracy of their post-trial reproduction of the maze layout and the trial duration were also significantly lower.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2019
Article number70
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6709-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventETRA ´19 - Denver, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201928 Jun 2019


ConferenceETRA ´19
CountryUnited States

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