A robotic interface for motivating and educating proper hand sanitization using speech and gaze interaction

Oskar Palinko*, Trine Ungermann Fredskild, Eva Tansem Andersen, Conny Heidtmann, Andreas Risskov Sorensen, Rasmus Peter Junge, Nicolai H.T. Nielsen, Leon Bodenhagen, Norbert Kruger

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Abstract

Hand disinfection in public spaces is of great importance in preventing infectious diseases. However not everyone sanitizes their hands using hand sanitizer dispensers, and even if they do, many of them don't rub hands for a long enough time for the sanitizing agent to become most effective. For these reasons we designed a robotic interface for automatic hand sanitizer dispensers to motivate people to disinfect their hands more often and for a longer time. We use interactive elements like speech and gaze communication to achieve this. In our in-the-wild studies we have found that using our system resulted in 21% more hand sanitizations and a much longer hand rubbing time, which in turn leads to better public hygiene and better prevention of infectious diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2021
Pages763-769
ISBN (Electronic)9781665404921
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021 - Virtual, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8. Aug 202112. Aug 2021

Conference

Conference30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Vancouver
Period08/08/202112/08/2021
SeriesIEEE RO-MAN proceedings
ISSN1944-9445

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