The aim of the project is to develop a user- friendly interface that is intuitive trough iterative design and does not subject the user to sensory overload. The Human Robot Interaction has to take a minimalistic approach and only display the selected video streams and what is core to operating the robot. The user interface has to only bring in other data if requested or if required i.e. motor overload. Intelligence in the system is needed that is to think for the user to simplify the operation of the robot.
In order to build a usable and efficient interface User Centered Design techniques and design principles have to be used effectively. The system will be developed using an iterative and incremental approach. The initial designs will be made by the MSc students who are creating the hardware. After the MSc students have designed the system this will be tested on different users were feedback will be collected. The feedback that is collected from all the user testing will serve as input requirements for the next iteration.
The system being built is targeted to users with an engineering background and who have the skills of driving a rescue robot around. This is because the names of the controls that will be used will assume the users understand the meaning.