At the BioRob 2008 Conference, in Arizona, researchers from around the world gathered to present robots with a wide range of abilities–from mimicking the strange properties of living systems to aiding health outside and inside the human body.
An assistive robot at Georgia Institute of Technology, called El-E, can open drawers, doors and even a microwave by grasping affixed towels, much in the same way a service dog would. El-E can also follow verbal commands, such as “tug it” or “tug it down.” An assistive robot like this could benefit those with disabilities or the elderly living at home.
Within this game, software automatically displaces virtual objects so that players will not interfere with one another’s physical space. Called Redirected Motion, the technique could help in other situations where users share an augmented reality space.