Orochi: investigating requirements and expectations for multipurpose daily used supernumerary robotic limbs

Mohammed Al-Sada, Thomas Höglund, Mohamed Khamis, Jaryd Urbani, Tatsuo Nakajima

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Abstract

Supernumerary robotic limbs (SRLs) present many opportunities for daily use. However, their obtrusiveness and limitations in interaction genericity hinder their daily use. To address challenges of daily use, we extracted three design considerations from previous literature and embodied them in a wearable we call Orochi. The considerations include the following: 1) multipurpose use, 2) wearability by context, and 3) unobtrusiveness in public. We implemented Orochi as a snakeshaped robot with 25 DoFs and two end effectors, and demonstrated several novel interactions enabled by its limber design. Using Orochi, we conducted hands-on focus groups to explore how multipurpose SRLs are used daily and we conducted a survey to explore how they are perceived when used in public. Participants approved Orochi's design and proposed different use cases and postures in which it could be worn. Orochi's unobtrusive design was generally well received, yet novel interactions raise several challenges for social acceptance. We discuss the significance of our results by highlighting future research opportunities based on the design, implementation, and evaluation of Orochi.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365475
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 11
Event10th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2019 - Reims, France
Duration: 2019 Mar 112019 Mar 12

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference10th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2019
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityReims
Period19/3/1119/3/12

Keywords

  • Qatar
  • Qatar university Doha

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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