TOKCS: Tool for Organizing Key Characteristics of VAM-HRI Systems
PubDate: Aug 2021
Teams: U. of Southern California；U. of Colorado Boulder；Brown University
Writers: Thomas R. Groechel, Michael E. Walker, Christine T. Chang, Eric Rosen, Jessica Zosa Forde
Frameworks have begun to emerge to categorize Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (VAM) technologies that provide immersive, intuitive interfaces to facilitate Human-Robot Interaction. These frameworks, however, fail to capture key characteristics of the growing subfield of VAM-HRI and can be difficult to consistently apply. This work builds upon these prior frameworks through the creation of a Tool for Organizing Key Characteristics of VAM-HRI Systems (TOKCS). TOKCS discretizes the continuous scales used within prior works for more consistent classification and adds additional characteristics related to a robot’s internal model, anchor locations, manipulability, and the system’s software and hardware. To showcase the tool’s capability, TOKCS is applied to find trends and takeaways from the fourth VAM-HRI workshop. These trends highlight the expressive capability of TOKCS while also helping frame newer trends and future work recommendations for VAM-HRI research.