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.
Research lines on this topic:
Ongoing projects on this topic:
- Drone Laser Game
- King of the Hill
- Laser Game Bot
- Robotic Battlefield Control
Past projects on this topic:
- Hide and Seek 2
- Jedi Robot Training 1.0
- Jedi Robot Training 2.0
- Jedi Robot Training 3.0
- Jedi Training Robogame
- Robot-Children Games
- RunBot: a Robogame Robot
- Save Robot Ryan
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.
The presentation movie for the shot'em up game RoboWII2.1
| Wiki Page: Autistic Children Play Robot |
Title: Autistic Children Play Robot
| Wiki Page: Robot Games |
Title: Robot Games
These projects allow to experiment with real mobile robots (Lego Mindstoms, Spykee, ARPArrot Drone, other drones, and other) and real interaction devices such as the WII Mote or the Kinect.
The project can be eventually designed as a MS thesis producing a new game and, eventually, robot.