A reality-based interaction interface for an agricultural teleoperated robot sprayer

George Adamides, Georgios Christou, Christos Katsanos, Nektarios Kostaras, Michalis Xenos, Thanasis Hadzilacos, Yael Edan

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Abstract

Introducing semi-automatic teleoperation of an agricultural robotic
system can enable improved performance, overcoming the complexity that
current autonomous robots face due to the dynamic and unstructured agriculture environment. A teleoperated robot can both leverage the farmers’ knowledge and experience while keeping them safe and also help the robot manage the unpredictability of the environment in the field. In this paper we describe the construction of such a teleoperated agricultural robot sprayer that is controlled through a Reality-Based Interaction interface. Two different user interfaces for teleoperating a vineyard spraying robot were experimentally evaluated. In the first condition, participants were provided with a single view (one camera) for teleoperating the robot, whereas in the second condition they had additional views (multiple cameras) supporting peripheral vision and targeted spraying.
Analysis of the collected data showed that users in the additional views
condition sprayed significantly more grapes and teleoperated the robot with
significantly less collisions with obstacles, compared to users who did not have
these aids, but also required significantly more time. Participants’ perceived
usability assessments were not affected by the availability of these additional
views.
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ROBOTICS AND ASSOCIATED HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
EditorsPablo Gonzalez-de-Santos, Angela Ribeiro
Pages367-376
Volume2
StatePublished - 2014

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