Tots on Bots is a research project developing robotic-based mobility platforms for children with motor impairments. Independent mobility is crucial in the development of typical infants, and is missed by children with physical disabilities. We are looking to provide mobility to children as young as six months old using robot-powered devices. Children use the system by sitting on top of a Wii Fit Balance Board, which is seated on a Pioneer 3 robot. Our software allows infants to "drive" by leaning to one side or reaching, with sonar sensors and a remote control for added safety. This video explains the need for such a system, how it is built, some clips of children during our pilot testing phase, and discusses future work.
This video was shown at the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2011) in Lausanne, Switzerland. It can be viewed and downloaded in the ACM Digital Library: