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Robotics

The web is the de facto standard of communication for heterogeneous devices. The number of devices able to access the web is permanently increasing. Nowadays, even our mobile phones can access the web. Tomorrow it could even be the turn of our wristwatches! The web hence constitutes a compelling architecture for developing applications relying on the ambient computing facilities. However, since current programming languages do not allow us to develop easily these applications, ambient computing is currently based on ad-hoc solutions. Programming ambient computing via the web is still to be explored. The tools developed in the Indes team allow us to build prototypes of a robot as a web entity, and the use of remote web services to manage, monitor or extend the features of the robot. Among the direct benefits of relying on a web framework for robotics are the ability to use any web enabled device such as a smartphone or tablet to drive the robot.