If we are to achieve natural human-robot interaction, we may need to complement current vision and speech interfaces. Touch may provide us with an extra tool in this quest. In this paper we demonstrate the role of touch in interaction between a robot and a human. We show how infrared sensors located on robots can be easily used to detect and distinguish human interaction, in this case interaction with individual children. This application of infrared sensors potentially has many uses; for example, in entertainment or service robotics. This system could also benefit therapy or rehabilitation, where the observation and recording of movement and interaction is important. In the long term, this technique might enable robots to adapt to individuals or individual types of user.
- Natural human-robot interaction
- Patterns of behaviour