ResultsFor the quality portion of the program, we found that knowing what the temperature of the current tile was greatly improved the results in this type of environment.
A total of 50 trials were conducted with 25 haptics trials and 25 non-haptics trials. Haptics technology was successful 72% of the time while non-haptics technology was successful only 8% of the time. There was an average of 230 moves for the 18 successful haptics trials. The non-haptics took an average of 238 moves. Although this isn’t a significant difference in the number of moves, there were only two successes in the non-haptics trials.
The speed portion of the program showed that using haptic technology did have quite a big impact on the amount of time it took the robot to reach the target. For the speed portion, a total of 20,000 trials were run. 10,000 trials of Haptics and 10,000 trials with non-haptics. The average time until success for haptics was 1926 seconds, as opposed to the non-haptics trials which took an average of 3250 seconds. This shows a significant decrease in the amount of time it takes until it succeeds if using a haptics-enabled robots. This is a remarkable amount of time that can be saved by using the haptic technology.