Robot interface lets fingers do the walking

We’re filing this one under “best interface implementation”. This robot is controlled by finger gestures on the surface of an iPod Touch. It can walk forward, turn, sidestep, jump, and kick a ball based on the input it receives from your sweaty digits. Unlike vehicles controlled by an iPhone (or by Power Wheels), this has some potential. Especially considering the inevitable proliferation of multi-touch devices in our everyday lives.

Comments

  1. t3rcio says:

    Easy to control. Very creative. And very usefull. A light interface that lets a easy control for heavy devices.

  2. Frank McSteez says:

    I don’t care about the interface, that’s one of the coolest looking robots I’ve ever seen.

  3. bobob says:

    arduino?

  4. Harvie says:

    what about MoonWalk? ;o)

  5. Voxar says:

    I guess the next step is VR gloves to map fingers to legs 1:1 =)

  6. Gdogg says:

    This is actually garbage. It doesn’t interpret individual steps, otherwise turning wouldn’t be done as illustrated. They basically teach it to walk, then add a layer on top that converts walking motion back into the main command.

  7. jAMES says:

    I wonder how many HaD readers are old enough to remember were the ‘let your fingers do the walking’ phrase comes from

  8. Alex Grant says:

    So easy, a caveman can do it!

    @jAMES: It wasn’t THAT long ago.

  9. Ben says:

    The table they used was a bad choice for the robot’s feet. It slid around too much.

  10. rasz says:

    Gdogg is right, this is a gimmick. Glue Iphone to something and hope it gets picked up by retarded sites to make your project more popular.

  11. neimado says:

    @rasz, couldn’t agree with you more. Watching this video almost made me puke in my mouth a bit.

    Just because something is attached to an iPhone doesn’t make it instantly any cooler, and in this case it actually distracts.

  12. JMD says:

    Sort Sol – Let your fingers do the walking

  13. JMD says:

    Better audio than that live one..!

  14. dan says:

    What happens when the iPhone gets rick-rolled?

  15. Hitek146 says:

    ^Once Rick-Rolled, the robot starts dancing very badly. Wait – it was already doing that….

  16. Justin Lilly says:

    And here I thought “Let your fingers do the walking” was for the yellowpages. Marketing culture at its best, eh?

  17. BobSmith says:

    As far as the comments of gdogg and the like go, the point, which you obviously missed, is to make the robot easy to control, which this seems to do quite well. It doesn’t matter one damned bit if it interprets each gesture as an individual step or not, and to gripe about that is to miss the point utterly. What’s garbage is your utterly useless commentary, not this system of control, which is simple and intuitive, something that anyone could use to control the robot.

  18. rasz says:

    BobSmith are you mentally challenged? This is as intuitive as controlling car speed by spinning little tire mounted on a dashboard.

  19. aztek says:

    @gdogg and @rasz yes rasz you get mentioned to because you had such an insightful reply. I think this interface is very intuitive. Once you get that it’s your fingers that are doing it you’ll be able to make it jump, kick and turn. I’ll bet you that if you give this to kids and don’t tell them anything they would figure it out pretty quick.

    @Gdogg (more then rasz) Back to your issue which I think is a separate one. Yes it’s an illusion, but so what? They even mention it in the title it’s an -interface-. An interface between you and the robot. Sure you make motions which it translates into a “walk forward” command, but you could argue the same with a remote control. Pressing one of the sticks forward can make it walk as well. So whats the big deal.

    And @Ipod/Iphone haters

    Please direct me to the nearest wireless multi-touch display store. I mean come on as soon as somebody finds another device that’s also wireless, has a multitouch display, and is that dirt cheap I would like to know. Do you really want people to put disclaimers on everything.

    “Hi, guys just made something cool please read my disclaimer first. I used an Iphone in my project, but I don’t like it nor do I think it’s cool. But nobody sells such cheap multi-touch wireless displays. Yeah I don’t want to be cool guys, just want to make something that works. Again not loving Steve Jobs really don’t like him at all etc etc etc”

    I have an Android myself not an Iphone. Yeay for disclaimers…not.

  20. rasz says:

    The deal is they used ipod only to make buzz, there is ZERO functionality added, in fact there was removed functionality, namely reliability got decreased. Now you got software layer trying to determine if your finger smudges mean forward or turn.

    NO, you wont be able to make it jump, thats my point. This is as usefull as using your Wacom tabled for typing.

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