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This paper presents the genesis of a tour guide robot, which has been built from the scratch based on the experience of
 

Summary: Abstract
This paper presents the genesis of a tour guide robot, which
has been built from the scratch based on the experience of
the Autonomous Systems Lab. The production of 11 of those
machines has been realized by a spin-off of the lab: BlueBot-
ics SA. The goal was to maximize the autonomy and interac-
tivity of the mobile platform while ensuring high robustness,
security and performance. The result is an interactive mov-
ing machine named RoboX. RoboX can operate in human en-
vironments and interacts by seeing humans, talking to and
looking at them, showing icons and asking them to answer its
questions. The complete design of mechanics, electronics
and software is presented in the first part. Then, as extraor-
dinary test bed, the Robotics exhibition at Expo.02 (Swiss
National Exhibition) permits to establish meaningful statis-
tics over five months (from May 15 to October 20, 2002) with
up to 11 robots operating at the same time.
1. Introduction
Interacting robots have to acquire the attention of the visi-
tors. As tour guide robots they further have to move around

  

Source: Arras, Kai O. - Institut für Informatik, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences