Systems Overview of Ono

A DIY Reproducible Open Source Social Robot
  • Cesar Vandevelde
  • Jelle Saldien
  • Maria-Cristina Ciocci
  • Bram Vanderborght
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8239)

Abstract

One of the major obstacles in the study of HRI (human-robot interaction) with social robots is the lack of multiple identical robots that allow testing with large user groups. Often, the price of these robots prohibits using more than a handful. A lot of the commercial robots do not possess all the necessary features to perform specific HRI experiments and due to the closed nature of the platform, large modifications are nearly impossible. While open source social robots do exist, they often use high-end components and expensive manufacturing techniques, making them unsuitable for easy reproduction. To address this problem, a new social robotics platform, named Ono, was developed. The design is based on the DIY mindset of the maker movement, using off-the-shelf components and more accessible rapid prototyping and manufacturing techniques. The modular structure of the robot makes it easy to adapt to the needs of the experiment and by embracing the open source mentality, the robot can be easily reproduced or further developed by a community of users. The low cost, open nature and DIY friendliness of the robot make it an ideal candidate for HRI studies that require a large user group.

Keywords

Do-It-Yourself emotions facial expressions human-robot interaction maker movement open hardware open source rapid prototyping robotic user interface social robot 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cesar Vandevelde
    • 1
  • Jelle Saldien
    • 1
  • Maria-Cristina Ciocci
    • 1
  • Bram Vanderborght
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Industrial Systems and Product DesignGhent UniversityBelgium
  2. 2.Dept. of Mechanical EngineeringVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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