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We have developed a 2D laser range sensor suitable for mobile robot platforms. The sensor features compactness, lightweight, high precision and low power consumption, and provides the wide scan angle with high resolution, which is very important for environment recognition by mobile robots. The basic technology for measuring the distance between the sensor(More)
Effective detection of people is a basic requirement for robot coexistence in human environments. In our previous work [1] we proposed a method for people detection and position estimation using multiple layers of Laser Range Finders (LRF) in a mobile robot. We extend our work by introducing laser reflection intensity as a novel feature for people(More)
We propose a method to recognize cups on desks and to detect liquids in cups with a depth camera using triangulation. When we measure an opaque liquid in a cup with the depth camera, the liquid surface is measured. On the other hand, when we measure a transparent liquid, the raised bottom is measured due to the principle of light refraction and(More)
We constructed an ultra-broadband ultrasonic transducer in a mechanical sector device, and prototyped a system to generate real-time images with higher harmonics. The potential of the system to reduce speckle was also studied. To efficiently detect the higher harmonic components in echo signals, in addition to the transmitting transducer, another transducer(More)
This paper describes a vision-based navigation method in an indoor environment for an autonomous mobile robot which can avoid obstacles. In this method, the self-localization of the robot is done with a model-based vision system, and a non-stop navigation is realized by a retroactive position correction system. Stationary obstacles are avoided with(More)
This paper describes a system which uses a mobile manipu-lator as a teleoperated tool for accessing and manipulating remote objects, in our challenge to extend mobile robot potentials and usage in human daily life. The specific task we set up in this research is to help humans browse books located in a library from a remote location via the Internet. This(More)