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A multimedia environment for supporting the teaching of robotics systems

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4 Author(s)
Freire, J.C., Jr. ; Electr. Dept., Sao Paulo State Univ., Brazil ; de Lima, J.V. ; Neves, R.A. ; de Sena, G.J.

We describe an educational system for teaching and learning robotic systems. Multimedia resources were used to construct a virtual laboratory where users are able to use functionalities of a virtual robotic arm, by moving and clicking the mouse without caring about the detailed internal robot operation. Moreover, through the multimedia system the user can interact with a real robot arm. The engineering students are the target public of the developed system. With its contents and interactive capabilities, it has been used as a support to the traditional face-to-face classes on the subject of robotics. It is first introduced the metaphor of virtual laboratory used in the system. Next, it is described the graphical and multimedia environment approach: an interactive graphic user interface with a 3D environment for simulation. Design and implementation issues of the real-time interactive multimedia learning system, which supports the W3C SMIL standard for presenting the real-time multimedia teaching material, are described. Finally, some preliminary conclusions and possible future works from this research are presented.

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Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, 2004. Proceedings. 24th International Conference on

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23-24 March 2004

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