The IROS organizers have recently announced that the conference, including this tutorial, will use an on-demand virtual format, and the in-person meeting is cancelled. We are in the process of adapting the content of this tutorial to this format, but our intention is to offer a program of pre-recorded videos covering Mixed Reality concepts for co-localization and robot interaction, and walkthroughs (with sample code) for several demo applications.
In order to view the tutorial videos and obtain the sample code, you will need to be registered for the IROS conference. However, to help us better understand the research interests of the audience, and to more easily contact IROS attendees who are interested in Mixed Reality, we would kindly ask that you click the link in the top left to register for this event. Registration for our tutorial is not binding, and is separate from the IROS conference registration. In order to access the content for this tutorial through the IROS On-Demand site, you will need to register for the IROS conference.
Mixed, Augmented, and Virtual Reality offer exciting new frontiers in communication, entertainment, and productivity. A primary feature of Mixed Reality (MR) is the ability to register the digital world with the physical one, opening the door to a wide variety of robotics applications. This capability enables more natural human-robot interaction: instead of a user interfacing with a robot through a computer screen, we envision a future in which the user interacts with a robot in the same environment through MR, to see what it sees, to see its intentions, and seamlessly control it in its own representation of the world.
The purpose of this tutorial is to introduce the audience to both the high-level concepts of Mixed Reality and practically demonstrate how these concepts can be used to interact with a robot through an MR device. We will discuss how various hardware devices (mobile phones, AR/MR/VR headsets, and robots’ on-board sensors) can integrate with cloud services to create a digital representation of the physical world, and how such a representation can be used for co-localization. All participants will get a chance to create an iOS, Android, or Microsoft HoloLens 2 app to control and interact with a small mobile robot.