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A Broadcast Control System of Humanoid Robot by Wireless Marionette Style

Toshiyuki Haramaki 1, Akihito Yatsuda 1, and Hiroaki Nishino 2
1. Graduate School of Engineering, Oita University, Oita, Japan
2. Faculty of Science and Technology, Oita University, Oita, Japan

Abstract— When a speaker communicates a message to the listener, it can be expected to be transmitted more accurately by attaching an appropriate gesture to message. That theory is valid, whether the speaker and the listener are near or far away. However, for a speaker to deliver messages and gestures to a remote listener synchronously, it is necessary to have a real-time conversation system using video images. Therefore, in this research, we propose a mechanism for presenting gestures synchronized with gestures at low cost when sending messages to remote listeners. To realize that, we develop a method to move the robot near the speaker instead of conveying the gesture of the speaker by the video shot. In this proposed method, motion data of the hand of the speaker is acquired using a motion sensor, the data is processing, converting into information for moving the motor corresponding to the joint of the robot, and the information is transmitting to the remote robot, the robot moves with motion according to the intention of the speaker. To realize the proposed method, we prepared a mechanism to convert the hand gesture of the speaker into the motion data of the robot in real time and manipulate the robot in a remote place. In our system, we realize a function to transmit information of high urgency such as disaster information all at once to robots installed in each household. Based on these requirements, we developed a prototype of an information presentation system. By using this system, we expect the speaker's message to communicate to the multiple listeners effectively.

Index Terms— remote control, humanoid robot, human gesture, robot motion, telepresence

Cite: Toshiyuki Haramaki, Akihito Yatsuda, and Hiroaki Nishino, "A Broadcast Control System of Humanoid Robot by Wireless Marionette Style" International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 305-309, February 2020. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.9.2.305-309