A Study on the Design of Companion Robots Preferred by the Elderly

Soo Yeon Kim, Young Hoon Oh, Da Young Ju

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Abstract

As the elderly population grows rapidly, companion robots have attracted attention as a technological solution for problems faced by the elderly. Although the design elements of companion robots have influenced their usability, there remains a lack of relevant research. Therefore, this paper aims to extend our understanding of the design elements of companion robots preferred by the elderly. We conducted experiments on what types, weight, and materials are preferred for the elderly aged 50–64. Furthermore, we analyzed whether there were statistically significant differences in design preferences according to gender, living arrangement, and age. Consequently, the preference of the female elderly for robots over 2 kg was observed to be significantly lower. Additionally, elderly people living alone preferred synthetic fur over elderly people living with others. In conclusion, it was found that the specific weight and material of the companion robot affects the preference of elderly people.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, 2019
EditorsJessie Chen
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages104-115
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030204662
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: 2019 Jul 242019 Jul 28

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume962
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.
Period19/7/2419/7/28

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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Kim, S. Y., Oh, Y. H., & Ju, D. Y. (2020). A Study on the Design of Companion Robots Preferred by the Elderly. In J. Chen (Ed.), Advances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, 2019 (pp. 104-115). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 962). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20467-9_10