Designing Gesture-Based Control for Factory Automation

Abstract : We report the development and evaluation of a gesture-based interaction prototype for controlling the loading station of a factory automation system. In this context, gesture-based interaction has the potential to free users from the tedious physical controls but it must also account for safety considerations and users’ perceptions. We evaluated the gesture interaction concept in the field to understand its applicability to industrial settings. Our findings suggest that gesture-based interaction is an emotional, physically charged experience that has the potential to enhance the work process. Participants’ feedback also highlighted challenges related to the reliability of gesture recognition technology in the workplace, the perceived professionalism of gesture-based interaction, and the role of physical feedback in promoting feeling of control. Our results inform the development of gesture-based interaction for similar contexts.
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Tomi Heimonen, Jaakko Hakulinen, Markku Turunen, Jussi Jokinen, Tuuli Keskinen, et al.. Designing Gesture-Based Control for Factory Automation. 14th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. pp.202-209, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-40480-1_13⟩. ⟨hal-01501743⟩

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