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A mixed-method approach to evoke creative and holistic thinking about robots in a home environment

Van Den Heuvel, Herjan; Caleb-Solly, Praminda; Dogramadzi, Sanja; Ellender, David; Fear, Tina

Authors

Herjan Van Den Heuvel

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Praminda Caleb-Solly Praminda.Caleb-solly@uwe.ac.uk
Professor in Assistive Robotics and Intelligent Health Technologies

David Ellender

Tina Fear christine.fear@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

Discovering older adults' perceptions and expectations of domestic care service robots are vital in informing the design and development of new technologies to ensure acceptability and usability. This paper identifies issues that were elicited from older adults using different methods to promote creative thinking about domestic robots at an emotional level, as well as pragmatic level. These included exploring people's ideal embodiment preferences and requirements for a domestic care service robot, and also what embodiments and functional aspects will not be acceptable. We analysed our findings using relevant constructs from the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology, and Technology Acceptance models. In addition to some already well-established findings, we discovered some surprising aspects concerning interaction, behaviour and appearance and the ability for the robot to fit the relevant context, both physically and conceptually.

Start Date Mar 3, 2014
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Electronic ISSN 2167-2148
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 374-381
Book Title Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction - HRI '14
APA6 Citation Van Den Heuvel, H., Caleb-Solly, P., Dogramadzi, S., Ellender, D., & Fear, T. (2014). A mixed-method approach to evoke creative and holistic thinking about robots in a home environment. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM/IEEE international conference on Human-robot interaction - HRI '14, (374-381). https://doi.org/10.1145/2559636.2559681
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/2559636.2559681
Keywords domestic robots, requirements elicitation
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2559636.2559681
Related Public URLs http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2014/
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : IEEE international conference on Human-Robot Interaction
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