Repurposing Robots


In collaboration with the Superhuman Computing Lab, we are investigating how robots might be repurposed such that their use transcends traditional notions of “put-and-place” or data collection tasks. We envision a wider design space for robotics and are examining robot abilities to support opportunistic tangible input and haptic output for traditional Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) and act as assistive devices for users with disabilities.


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GUI Robots

Traditional GUI applications provide limited support for tangible interaction, as most applications are not programmed to support tangible input, and most input devices do not provide haptic feedback. To address this limitation, we introduce GUI Robots, a software framework that enables developers to repurpose off-the-shelf robots as tangible input and haptic output devices, and to connect them to unmodified desktop applications.

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