Rovables: Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables

@article{Dementyev2016RovablesMO,
  title={Rovables: Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables},
  author={Artem Dementyev and Hsin-Liu Cindy Kao and Inrak Choi and Deborah Ajilo and Maggie Xu and Joseph A. Paradiso and Chris Schmandt and Sean Follmer},
  journal={Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology},
  year={2016}
}
  • A. Dementyev, H. Kao, S. Follmer
  • Published 16 October 2016
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
We introduce Rovables, a miniature robot that can move freely on unmodified clothing. The robots are held in place by magnetic wheels, and can climb vertically. The robots are untethered and have an onboard battery, microcontroller, and wireless communications. They also contain a low-power localization system that uses wheel encoders and IMU, allowing Rovables to perform limited autonomous navigation on the body. In the technical evaluations, we found that Rovables can operate continuously for… 
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