AI News, New interface allows more efficient, faster technique to remotely operate robots

New interface allows more efficient, faster technique to remotely operate robots

But for someone who isn't an expert, the ring-and-arrow system is cumbersome and error-prone.

'Instead of a series of rotations, lowering and raising arrows, adjusting the grip and guessing the correct depth of field, we've shortened the process to just two clicks,' said Sonia Chernova, the Georgia Tech assistant professor in robotics who advised the research effort.

Her team tested college students on both systems, and found that the point-and-click method resulted in significantly fewer errors, allowing participants to perform tasks more quickly and reliably than using the traditional method.

the second is a 3-D, interactive view where the user adjusts the virtual gripper and tells the robot exactly where to go and grab.

After a person clicks on a region of an item, the robot's perception algorithm analyzes the object's 3-D surface geometry to determine where the gripper should be placed.

'The robot can analyze the geometry of shapes, including making assumptions about small regions where the camera can't see, such as the back of a bottle,' said Chernova.

The point-and-click method also resulted in approximately one mistake per task, compared to nearly four for the ring-and-arrow technique.

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