Impacting the perception of socially assistive robots- evaluating the effect of visual qualities among children

E. Liberman-Pincu, T. Oron-Gilad

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Abstract

A socially assistive robot (SAR) can support children in developmental and well-being aspects. Children's tendency to anthropomorphize and pretend play contributes to their ability to engage with robots and establish relationships. The robot's visual aesthetics influences users' initial judgments and is essential for creating first impressions, trust, and desirability. SAR's visual appearance may lead the child to desired assumptions about its capabilities. Beyond aesthetics per se, designers must address the robots' visual qualities necessary to affect users' perceptions and expectations. This paper proposes and demonstrates a methodology for evaluating children's perception of visual qualities in SARs, aiming to pave the way for new design tools to support robotic designers and developers. Design tools can improve the SAR design process by forming means for designers and roboticists to consider and create a user experience for specific contexts, tasks, or use-case scenarios relevant to particular SARs. By this, to form the design of more use-oriented, acceptable, trustworthy, and desirable robots.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages612-618
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665404921
DOIs
StatePublished - 8 Aug 2021
Event30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021 - Virtual, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8 Aug 202112 Aug 2021

Publication series

Name2021 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021

Conference

Conference30th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2021
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Vancouver
Period8/08/2112/08/21

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