Ranger, An Example of Integration of Robotics into the Home Ecosystem

  • Francesco Mondada
  • Julia Fink
  • Séverin Lemaignan
  • David Mansolino
  • Florian Wille
  • Karmen Franinović
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 38)

Abstract

This paper presents the concept and a case study of a robject, a robotic entity embedded in an everyday object. Robjects use the affordance of the original object to ensure an efficient interaction and a high acceptance. The example of the ranger robot shows how this approach can be applied to a domestic environment. We explore the integration of a robot (robject) into a family household, by regarding the home as a ecosystem , which consists of people, things, activities, and interactions. Our evaluation study of the ranger robot in families validates this holistic approach and shows the impact of this type of design in respect to the complexity of the robotic system.

Keywords

Holistic approach Ecosystem Cooperation with humans Domestic service robots Robject Ranger robot 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research “Robotics”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Mondada
    • 1
  • Julia Fink
    • 2
  • Séverin Lemaignan
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Mansolino
    • 3
  • Florian Wille
    • 4
  • Karmen Franinović
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques (LSRO)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Computer-Human Interaction in Learning and Instruction Laboratory (CHILI)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory (DISAL)Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.Embodied Interaction LabZurich University of the ArtsZurichSwitzerland

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