Walky: Using natural finger gestures to control humanoid robots (Video)

Human/robot interfaces have always been clumsy, non-intuitive, and frustrating to say the least. Many robot designers have fallen back on R/C remote control, or game contoller models that almost do the job, but still fall short of the mark.

The Igarashi Design UI Project, ERATO, has been doing some really innovative work utilizing natural finger gestures on an iPod or iPhone to control complex devices, including bipedal walking robots similar in size and design to those seen in ROBO-ONE competitions. “Walky”, one result that has already been successfully demonstrated by the project members, is striking in it’s simpilicity, yet extremely effective.


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