Often the comparison is made between the robotics industry today and the personal computer industry of 25 or more years ago. Back then, computers were expensive, and they came with glaring white or amber all-text screen interfaces that only a die-hard geek could love.
Speaking at the Human-Robotics Interaction (HRI) 2012 conference in Boston this week, Heartland Robotics founder and noted industry commentator Rod Brooks talked about the importance of the user experience, saying that all too often the interfaces used to program and control robots today are better suited to engineers than the millions of consumers we all hope will buy these devices in the years ahead.
According to a posting on CNET Brooks told robotics developers that they ?would do well to play with video games and other well-known machine interfaces to get their creations out of the labs and into the marketplace.?
Indeed, “User experience is critical to robot success. It’s about the user, not the robot,” Brooks said in the article.Read More