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TORUS: toys operated remotely for understanding science
Author(s): Gerard T. McKee; Karl Phillips
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Paper Abstract

TORUS (for Toys Operated Remotely for Understanding Science) is an Internet-based educational project aimed at exploiting toys to create interesting and challenging robotics demonstrations and problem scenarios for students. In this paper we describe the implementation and evaluation of the TORUS "Construction Site" which aims to demonstrate key features of remote teleoperation via a multi-user cooperative task scenario. In this scenario three vehicles (toys) are remotely operated by three separate users to collectively complete a simple cyclical task. The users have separate control for their respective devices and the choice of three camera views. We describe the setup of the site, the control interfaces and the overall architecture of the Construction Site scenario. We report on initial evaluation of the scenario, the enhancements already implemented and others that are planned. One of the key features of TORUS is the use of toys as the remote "robotic" devices. The use of toys removes the usual costs and the safety requirements normally associated with using real robot devices. We discuss the scope for the further development of this approach and its potential for supporting both introductory and advanced robotics and artificial intelligence education via the Internet.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4195, Mobile Robots XV and Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VII, (2 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417319
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Gerard T. McKee, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
Karl Phillips, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4195:
Mobile Robots XV and Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies VII
Matthew R. Stein; Howie M. Choset; Douglas W. Gage; Matthew R. Stein, Editor(s)

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