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From CreaCube to EscapeCube: trying to add internal sensors to collect data automatically

  • Palaude, Axel
  • Bannay, Lucie
  • Bernard, Baptiste
  • Viéville, Thierry
Publication Date
May 01, 2022
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CreaCube is a problem solving activity requiring both computational thinking and creative problem-solving, in which the subject tries to assemble four cubes into one structure with a specific performance. We made the assumption that device-related observables such as cubes position evolution in space may be used to automatically determine subject-related observables which can then be interpreted in relation to certain behaviors or emotions. This article details the design of new material for the CreaCube activity in order to create a new set of modular robotic cubes. This paper describes the analysis developed, step-by-step, and what pitfalls and failures we faced during the analysis of the requirements for developing new modular cubes. The goal of developing a new set of robotic cubes aims to facilitate automatic data collection but also to ensure a large diffusion of the task to collect more data automatically. First, the analysis of existing Human Robot Interactions (HRI) within the CreaCube task is developed through UML charts based on the instructions of the task and the anticipation of the HRI. Second, we discussed the physical elements of the new set of cubes, aiming at an easy open-source manufacturing for anyone interested in activities for the development of computational thinking. Third, we implemented a conditional statement algorithm trying to automatically collect device-related observables despite an unknown set of unpredicted but possible behaviors.

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