This research topic belongs to the Robotics research area.
Interactive games with autonomous robots are one of the most challenging robotic research issues. The robot should involve the player, both physically and behaviorally, while acting in the real world. The games we are interested in are games where robot autonomy is exploited to obtain interesting, engaging games which may be implemented with cheap technology and enter in everyone's home. Past experience of the group is related to Robocup, Edutainment, Rehabilitation. First steps in this direction have been done with our rehabilitation robot and with robots interacting with players through the remote control of a WII console ROBOWII and different sensors including cameras. We also started the implementation of Highly Interactive Competitive Robogames (HI-CoRG). We are evaluating the possibility to integrate information gathered about the emotional state of people involved in games among the information available to the game controller (in this case a robot), which should emotionally react raising the involvement in the game.
An effective robot player needs to integrate edge technologies from robotics, interaction, and psychology. An interesting hardware (body) should be integrated with the needed functionalities to become a game companion. A set of projects have been started to investigate how to design interactive games with autonomous robots.
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Ongoing projects on this topic:
Past projects on this topic: Alien-Bot, BasketBot, Drone Laser Game, FCBot, GesturesForRoboWII, Hide and Seek 2, Jedi Robot Training 1.0, Jedi Robot Training 2.0, Jedi Robot Training 3.0, Jedi Training Robogame, KartBot, King of the Hill, Laser Game Bot, Lupin, POLIFemo, Pac-Bot, Robo-Hide-and-Hunt, RoboGame1718-01, RoboTower, RoboWII1.0, RoboWII2.0, RoboWII2.0.1, RoboWII2.0.L, RoboWII2.1, Robogame, Robot-Children Games, Robotic Battlefield Control, RunBot: a Robogame Robot, Save Robot Ryan, SoccerBasket-Bot, WhereWIIAre, WiizardBot, YETI
Movies of selected results
- A test of the Jedi Robot Training 3.0 project. Notice that it is working outside, with confusing colors in background. The system is quite robust, and very playable. It has been tested also in public exhibitions like the 2011 Open day at Politecnico di Milano. External link
- The result of the RoboTower project. The game is very playable, and has been tested at Robotica 2012 and 2012 Open day at Politecnico di Milano. Unexpected behaviors come from the players. Sound plays an important role. External link
- A match of Drone_Laser_Game. The human player wins escaping all threatens. [ http://youtu.be/bprbzt9loSE External link]
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