Magnússon, Arnþór1; Pacheco, Moises4; Moghadam, Mikael1; Lund, Henrik Hautop5; Christensen, David Johan5
1 Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark2 Automation and Control, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark3 Centre for Playware, Automation and Control, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark4 Centre for Playware, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark5 Copenhagen Center for Health Technology, Center, Technical University of Denmark
Modular robots have a significant potential as user-reconfigurable robotic playware, but often lack sufficient sensing for social interaction. We address this issue with the Fable modular robotic system by exploring the use of smart sensor modules that has a better ability to sense the behavior of the user. In this paper we describe the development of a smart sensor module which includes a 3D depth camera, and a server-side software architecture featuring user tracking, posture detection and a near-real-time facial recognition. Further, we describe how the Fable system with the smart sensor module has been tested in educational and playful contexts and present experiments to document its functional performance.
Proceedings of 18th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics, 2013