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Sensors 2015, 15(12), 31268-31292; doi:10.3390/s151229853

Control and Guidance of Low-Cost Robots via Gesture Perception for Monitoring Activities in the Home

Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory Department, University of Alicante, San Vicente del Raspeig, E-03690 Alicante, Spain
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Received: 18 September 2015 / Revised: 3 December 2015 / Accepted: 4 December 2015 / Published: 11 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)

Abstract

This paper describes the development of a low-cost mini-robot that is controlled by visual gestures. The prototype allows a person with disabilities to perform visual inspections indoors and in domestic spaces. Such a device could be used as the operator's eyes obviating the need for him to move about. The robot is equipped with a motorised webcam that is also controlled by visual gestures. This camera is used to monitor tasks in the home using the mini-robot while the operator remains quiet and motionless. The prototype was evaluated through several experiments testing the ability to use the mini-robot’s kinematics and communication systems to make it follow certain paths. The mini-robot can be programmed with specific orders and can be tele-operated by means of 3D hand gestures to enable the operator to perform movements and monitor tasks from a distance. View Full-Text
Keywords: robot systems; human-robot interaction; 3D gesture perception; 3D descriptors robot systems; human-robot interaction; 3D gesture perception; 3D descriptors
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Sempere, A.D.; Serna-Leon, A.; Gil, P.; Puente, S.; Torres, F. Control and Guidance of Low-Cost Robots via Gesture Perception for Monitoring Activities in the Home. Sensors 2015, 15, 31268-31292.

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