Nhan Tran and Josh Rands and Tom Williams
1st International Workshop on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality for HRI
Effective robotic teleoperation techniques are critical to Wizard-of-Oz (WoZ) style HRI experimentation. Current WoZ teleoperation methods such as GUIs, joysticks, and wearable sensors, may result in a loss of naturalistic interaction, impeding experimental effectiveness and validity. Recent work has investigated the use of Virtual Reality technologies to provide a WoZ teleoperator with their robot's perspective. This technique enhances visual feedback and enables more natural interaction, but introduces its own challenges. In this paper we propose a WoZ teleoperation interface that pairs a VR display with technologies for hands-free robot control in order to address those challenges while providing an immersive VR experience for robot teleoperators.