Rovables: Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables

Publication/Creation Date
October 4 2016
Artem Dementyev (creator)
Hsin-Liu Kao (creator)
Inrak Choi (creator)
Deborah Ajilo (creator)
Maggie Xu (creator)
Joseph A. Paradiso (creator)
Chris Schmandt (creator)
Sean Follmer (creator)
Stanford University (contributor)
MIT Media Lab (creator)
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) (creator)
Persuasive Intent
"We introduce Rovables, a miniature robot that can move freely on unmodified clothing. The robots are held in place by magnetic wheels, and can climb vertically. The robots are untethered and have an onboard battery, microcontroller, and wireless communications. They also contain a low-power localization system that uses wheel encoders and IMU, allowing Rovables to perform limited autonomous navigation on the body. In the technical evaluations, we found that Rovables can operate continuously for 45 minutes and can carry up to 1.5N. We propose an interaction space for mobile on-body devices spanning sensing, actuation, and interfaces, and develop application scenarios in that space. Our applications include on-body sensing, modular displays, tactile feedback and interactive clothing and jewelry."
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Entire Body
Feeling, Sensing
Marketing Keywords

Date archived
October 26 2016
Last edited
May 30 2018
How to cite this entry
Artem Dementyev, Hsin-Liu Kao, Inrak Choi, Deborah Ajilo, Maggie Xu, Joseph A. Paradiso, Chris Schmandt, Sean Follmer, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT). (October 4 2016). "Rovables: Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables". Fabric of Digital Life.