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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2012, Article ID 301608, 10 pages
Research Article

RoboTable: An Infrastructure for Intuitive Interaction with Mobile Robots in a Mixed-Reality Environment

1Interaction Technology Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, 113-8656 Tokyo, Japan
2The Interaction Research Group, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Fosswinckelsgate 6, 5020 Bergen, Norway

Received 17 January 2011; Accepted 9 May 2011

Academic Editor: Kiyoshi Kiyokawa

Copyright © 2012 Haipeng Mi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents the design, development, and testing of a tabletop interface called RoboTable, which is an infrastructure supporting intuitive interaction with both mobile robots and virtual components in a mixed-reality environment. With a flexible software toolkit and specifically developed robots, the platform enables various modes of interaction with mobile robots. Using this platform, prototype applications are developed for two different application domains: RoboPong investigates the efficiency of the RoboTable system in game applications, and ExploreRobot explores the possibility of using robots and intuitive interaction to enhance learning.