Interactive features - Getting started¶
This page goes over the robot’s main interactive features, and explains how, and whether, to include them in your application. It assumes you are familiar with Choregraphe basics. If not, see: Your first steps in Choregraphe.
When to use it? Almost all applications need some voice content, and only very specific cases (like dances) can do without.
If you simply want the robot to say a few words, use the Speech > Creation > Animated Say box.
Sounds & Music¶
When to use it? Most applications should use a few sounds to mark relevant moments.
When it makes sense and the robot is not speaking, adding sounds can help the user understand what is going on.
You can use the Play Sound box. For further details see: the Playing music tutorial.
Advanced users can use ALAudioPlayer.
When to use it? You don’t need to, but it will often increase the understandability of your application. Be careful not to overuse it.
Pepper‘s tablet can help the user understand what the robot is doing, and it can also be a way of getting user input when voice recognition fails.
You can package tablet content (images, webpages, videos) for your robot in an html folder in your application, and access it with the tablet boxes of the box library.
To get user input through the tablet, a couple solutions exist:
- You can use the TabletTouched box from the box library
- Or you can display a webpage with some buttons on it, as seen in [TBD template]
When to use it? The robot needs to be alive during your application, unless there is a good reason not to; however your application may not require dedicated animations.
In addition, the robot usually talks using Animated Speech, which will make him move his arms as he speaks.
These are enough for the robot to keep looking alive during your application. If you need specific animations, you have two major choices:
- Use animations from the existing boxes from the Animation library.
- Make your own animations. For further details see: : Mastering movements.
Advanced users can make the robot move with the NAOqi motion services.
When to use it? Only if it makes sense in your application.
Pepper has tactile sensors, you can use Choregraphe boxes in Sensing > Touch to detect when one of those parts has been touched. For further details see: ALTouch.
Advanced users can also use ALMotion to detect when Pepper’s limbs have been moved by the user (by comparing their present position with their expected position).