ROBOPuppet: Low-cost, 3D printed miniatures for teleoperating full-size robots

Anna Eilering, Giulia Franchi, Kris Hauser

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Abstract

ROBOPuppet is a method to create inexpensive, tabletop-sized robot models to provide teleoperation input to full-sized robots. It provides a direct physical correspondence from the device to the robot, which is appealing because users form an immediate 'mental mapping' of the input-output behavior. We observe that untrained users can immediately exploit tactile and physical intuition when controlling the puppet to perform complex actions the target robot. The key contribution of this paper is a build procedure that embeds standardized encoder modules into scaled-down CAD models of the robot links, which are then 3D printed and assembled. This procedure is generalizable to variety of robots, and parts cost approximately seventeen dollars per link. We also present a simple software tool for fast calibration of the puppet-robot mapping, and a safety filtering procedure that sanitizes the noisy inputs so that the robot avoids collisions and satisfies dynamic constraints. A prototype ROBOPuppet is built for a 6DOF industrial manipulator and tested in simulation and on the physical robot.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIROS 2014 Conference Digest - IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1248-1254
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479969340
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 31 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Sep 14 2014Sep 18 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Other

Other2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period9/14/149/18/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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