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FeetBack: Augmenting Robotic Telepresence with Haptic Feedback on the Feet

  • Telepresence robots allow people to participate in remote spaces, yet they can be difficult to manoeuvre with people and obstacles around. We designed a haptic-feedback system called “FeetBack," which users place their feet in when driving a telepresence robot. When the robot approaches people or obstacles, haptic proximity and collision feedback are provided on the respective sides of the feet, helping inform users about events that are hard to notice through the robot’s camera views. We conducted two studies: one to explore the usage of FeetBack in virtual environments, another focused on real environments.We found that FeetBack can increase spatial presence in simple virtual environments. Users valued the feedback to adjust their behaviour in both types of environments, though it was sometimes too frequent or unneeded for certain situations after a period of time. These results point to the value of foot-based haptic feedback for telepresence robot systems, while also the need to design context-sensitive haptic feedback.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Brennan Jones, Jens Maiero, Alireza Mogharrab, Ivan A. Aguilar, Ashu Adhikari, Bernhard E. Riecke, Ernst Kruijff, Carman Neustaedter, Robert W. Lindeman
Parent Title (English):ICMI '20: International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, Virtual Event, the Netherlands, October 25-29, 2020
First Page:194
Last Page:203
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication:New York, NY, USA
Date of first publication:2020/10/22
Copyright:© 2020 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM. Abstracting with credit is permitted.
Keyword:haptics; navigation; robotics; telepresence
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Informatik
Institute of Visual Computing (IVC)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Entry in this database:2020/09/25