Title Manipulation of Virtual Robotic Arm Using 2D Pointing Device
Authors Masatoshi Sato (Hokkaido University)
Hidetoshi Nonaka (Hokkaido University)
Johannes Mikulasch (Technische Universitat Munchen)
Takeshi Yoshikawa (Hokkaido University)
Masanori Sugimoto (Hokkaido University)
Abstract In order to operate a multi-joint robotic arm with high degrees of freedom, exclusive controllers with steep learning curves are often required. We believe it is more intuitive to control each joint of the robot on a computer screen using a common computer mouse. Because in comparison to other input devices, like touch screens or 3D input devices, the mouse is superior in terms of precision, accuracy, and usability. In this paper, we implemented a graphical control program showing a 3DCG model of a robotic arm. The joints of this model can be moved by click and drag movements of the mouse. The actual robotic arm was synchronized accordingly to exactly mimic the manipulations of the virtual model.
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