MobiLimb: Augmenting Mobile Devices with a Robotic Limb

Abstract : In this paper, we explore the interaction space of MobiLimb, a small 5-DOF serial robotic manipulator attached to a mobile device. It (1) overcomes some limitations of mobile devices (static, passive, motionless); (2) preserves their form factor and I/O capabilities; (3) can be easily attached to or removed from the device; (4) offers additional I/O capabilities such as physical deformation and (5) can support various modular elements such as sensors, lights or shells. We illustrate its potential through three classes of applications: As a tool, MobiLimb offers tangible affordances and an expressive controller that can be manipulated to control virtual and physical objects. As a partner, it reacts expressively to users' actions to foster curiosity and engagement or assist users. As a medium, it provides rich haptic feedback such as strokes, pat and other tactile stimuli on the hand or the wrist to convey emotions during mediated multimodal communications.
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Marc Teyssier, Gilles Bailly, Catherine Pelachaud, Eric Lecolinet. MobiLimb: Augmenting Mobile Devices with a Robotic Limb. The 31st Annual ACM Symposium, Oct 2018, Berlin, Germany. ⟨10.1145/3242587.3242626⟩. ⟨hal-01902561⟩

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