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Monday, February 27, 2012

Home Robot Task Management

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a multi-layered sketching interface for robot housework assignment and management. The
Roboshop is an interface that allows the user to give, arrange, and manage instruction for home robots
As various home robots come into homes, the need for efficient robot task management tools is arising. Current tools are designed for controlling individual robots independently, so they are not ideally suitable for assigning coordinated action among multiple robots. To address this problem, the researchers have developed a management tool for home robots with a graphical editing interface. The user assigns instructions by selecting a tool from a toolbox and sketching on a bird's-eye view of the environment. Layering supports the management of multiple tasks in the same room. Layered graphical representation gives a quick overview of and access to rich information tied to the physical environment.

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