A Depth Sensing Display for Bomb Disposal Robots Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper describes a visual display that provides depth of objects to be grasped and was developed at the request of a local Bomb Squad for use with a bomb disposal robot. The display provides four key functions: (1) it allows the operator to extract the distance between the object and the robot's grasper that each pixel represents, (2) it cues the operator when the object is within a predefined distance from the robot grasper, (3) it can track the object in the video display, and (4) it can continuously display the distance from the robot grasper to the selected object. The display was designed specifically for the Canesta EP200 mounted on a Remotec IVlini-Max robot, but the display functionality is expected to be useful for any robot grasper used in conjunction with a 3D sensor. While the usability of the visual display and its impact on grasper-related perfomiance has not been fomially evaluated, the infomial feedback from the subject matter experts is that this display meets their requirements. © 2008 IEEE.

author list (cited authors)

  • Day, B., Bethel, C., Murphy, R., & Burke, J.

citation count

  • 6

publication date

  • October 2008