Pet-Robot or Appliance? Care Home Residents with Dementia Respond to a Zoomorphic Floor Washing Robot

Emanuela Marchetti, Sophie Alice Grimme, Eva Hornecker, Avgi Kollakidou, Philipp Graf

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Abstrakt

Any active entity that shares space with people is interpreted as a social actor. Based on this notion, we explore how robots that integrate functional utility with a social role and character can integrate meaningfully into daily practice. Informed by interviews and observations, we designed a zoomorphic floor cleaning robot which playfully interacts with care home residents affected by dementia. A field study shows that playful interaction can facilitate the introduction of utilitarian robots in care homes, being nonthreatening and easy to make sense of. Residents previously reacted with distress to a Roomba robot, but were now amused by and played with our cartoonish cat robot or simply tolerated its presence. They showed awareness of the machine-nature of the robot, even while engaging in pretend-play. A playful approach to the design of functional robots can thus explicitly conceptualize such robots as social actors in their context of use.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelCHI '22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Antal sider21
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publikationsdatoapr. 2022
Artikelnummer512
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781450391573
DOI
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2022
BegivenhedACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - New Orleans and hybrid, New Orleans, USA
Varighed: 30. apr. 20225. maj 2022
https://chi2022.acm.org/

Konference

KonferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LokationNew Orleans and hybrid
Land/OmrådeUSA
ByNew Orleans
Periode30/04/202205/05/2022
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Emneord

  • Assistive robots
  • Floor cleaning
  • Care Homes
  • Dementia
  • user centred design
  • Playful design

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