A-RIFT: Visual Substitution of Force Feedback for a Zero-Cost Interface in Telemanipulation

Alexander Moortgat-Pick, Peter So, Michael J. Sack, Emma G. Cunningham, Benjamin P. Hughes, Anna Adamczyk, Andriy Sarabakha, Leila Takayama, Sami Haddadin

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Abstract

We present an accessible robot interface for telemanipulation (A-RIFT), which preserves the haptic channel partially in a zero-additional-cost interface by visual substitution of force feedback (VSFF). This work explores a gap in the literature, resulting from the focus on performance improvements in telerobotics at increasing interface costs. Unlike most telemanipulation interfaces for high-degree-of-freedom robotic systems, this one requires minimal training and can be run in a web browser under high latency conditions, using an Internet connected computer with the user's own mouse and keyboard. To evaluate the performance of the system, we ran a controlled user study (N=12) to test how different distances (local vs. remote) and VSFF (on vs. off) affect the system's usability. As expected, participants in remote conditions performed worse than those in closer proximity. Despite several participants claiming that the visual display of force feedback did not help them, our analysis of their task performance showed that operators in remote condition actually performed statistically significantly better with the visual force feedback display than without it. These results indicate a promising new interface design direction for low-cost telemanipulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3926-3933
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665479271
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2022 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 23 Oct 202227 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Volume2022-October
ISSN (Print)2153-0858
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0866

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2022
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKyoto
Period23/10/2227/10/22

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