FeetBack: Augmenting Robotic Telepresence with Haptic Feedback on the Feet

Brennan Jones, Jens Maiero, Alireza Mogharrab, Ivan A. Aguilar, Ashu Adhikari, Bernhard Riecke E., Ernst Kruijff, Carman Neustaedter, Robert W. Lindeman
In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) - 2020
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Abstract

Telepresence robots allow people to participate in remote spaces, yet they can be difficult to manoeuvre with people and obstacles around. We designed a haptic-feedback system called “FeetBack," which users place their feet in when driving a telepresence robot. When the robot approaches people or obstacles, haptic proximity and collision feedback are provided on the respective sides of the feet, helping inform users about events that are hard to notice through the robot’s camera views. We conducted two studies: one to explore the usage of FeetBack in virtual environments, another focused on real environments.We found that FeetBack can increase spatial presence in simple virtual environments. Users valued the feedback to adjust their behaviour in both types of environments, though it was sometimes too frequent or unneeded for certain situations after a period of time. These results point to the value of foot-based haptic feedback for telepresence robot systems, while also the need to design context-sensitive haptic feedback.

BibTex references

@InProceedings{JMMAARKNL20,
  author       = {Jones, Brennan and Maiero, Jens and Mogharrab, Alireza and Aguilar, Ivan A. and Adhikari, Ashu and Riecke E., Bernhard and Kruijff, Ernst and Neustaedter, Carman and Lindeman, Robert W.},
  title        = {FeetBack: Augmenting Robotic Telepresence with Haptic Feedback on the Feet},
  booktitle    = {In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI)},
  year         = {2020},
}

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