A haptically enabled low-cost reconnaissance platform for law enforcement
Mullins, James, Horan, Ben, Fielding, Michael and Nahavandi, Saeid 2007, A haptically enabled low-cost reconnaissance platform for law enforcement, in SSRR 2007, IEEE International Workshop on : Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, 2007, IEEE Xplore, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 1-6.
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Traditionally, the control system of a modern teleoperated mobile robot consists of one or more two-dimensional joysticks placed on a control interface. While this simplistic interface allows an operator to remotely drive the platform, feedback is limited to visual information supplied by on-board cameras. Significant advances in the field of haptics have the potential to meaningfully enhance situational awareness of a remote robot. The focus of this research is the augmentation of Deakin University's OzBot trade MkIV mobile platform to include haptic control methodologies. Utilising the platform's inertial measurement unit, a remote operator has the ability to gain knowledge of the vehicle's operating performance and terrain while supplying a finer level of control to the drive motors. Our development of a generic multi-platform ActiveX allows the easy implementation of haptic force feedback to many computer based robot controllers. Furthermore, development of communication protocols has progressed with Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) compliance in mind. The haptic force control algorithms are presented along with results highlighting the benefits of haptic operator feedback on the MklV OzBot trade chassis.
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