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Walky: Operating Method for a Bipedal Walking Robot through Natural Finger Gestures on iPhone

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Published on Nov 12, 2009

We propose a novel operating method for a bipedal walking robot through personalized gesture expressions of fingers. Bipedal walking robot mimics the human walking for certain extend and fingers can be used as analogy to human legs. Moreover, fingers not only have visual resemblance but also can mimic actions of legs such as walking, running, kicking or turning, very easily. We are capturing these finger gestures as the controlling method for a bipedal walking robot. We believe that it provides a very intuitive controlling interface since user does not have to go through a complex learning cycle to understand the instructions. Finger actions are captured in both functionality and speed and transferred to the robot.

Yuta Sugiura, Charith Lasantha Fernando, Anusha Indrajith Withana, Gota Kakehi, Daisuke Sakamoto, Maki Sugimoto, Masahiko Inami, Takeo Igarashi, and Masa Inakage, An Operating Method for a Bipedal Walking Robot for Entertainment, ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 Emerging Technologies, pp79-79, Yokohama, December 2009.

Robotic Life Project -http://sugiur.com/roboticlife/
Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University -http://www.kmd.keio.ac.jp/en/
JST ERATO IGARASHI Design UI Project -http://www.designinterface.jp/en/
SIGGRAPH Asia 2009
-http://www.siggraph.org/asia2009/

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