Digital Representation of Everyday Objects in a Robot Ecology via Proxies
J. Rashid, M. Broxvall and A. Saffiotti
Robotic middlewares increasingly allow the seamless integration of
multiple heterogeneous robots into one distributed system.
Unfortunately, very simple devices like tagged everyday objects and
smart objects are left orphan in this otherwise pervasive trend. We
claim that the inclusion of simple everyday objects as part of
distributed robot systems would have many advantages, and propose a
design pattern to allow this inclusion. We make this pattern concrete
by describing an implementation of it using a specific multi-robot
middleware, called PEIS-Ecology
Middleware. We also show an illustrative experiment which integrates
everyday objects in a smart home equipped with mobile robots as well as
more advanced distributed sensor nodes.