Understanding the Preference of the Elderly for Companion Robot Design

Suyeon Oh, Young Hoon Oh, Da Young Ju

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Abstract

Companion robots have been utilized as technical solutions to alleviate the problems of the elderly. Various types of companion robots have been suggested by human–robot interaction researchers. However, the appearance of some companion robots lacks analysis from the formative perspective. Therefore, we developed five robot design concepts based on literature reviews and the formative analysis of commercialized robots. In total, 19 participants of different age groups were interviewed to rate their preference for the developed design concepts. Cross-tabulation analysis and qualitative findings showed that the preference for the design concepts differed with the age group. The elderly preferred rounded and anthropomorphic robot designs. When evaluating the appearance of a robot, they preferred an intimate design enabling talking to the robot. However, the younger adults preferred neat and tidy designs with less detailed design elements. They considered the actual usage of the robot, emphasizing on maintenance and sanitation.

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
Pages92-103
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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Oh, S., Oh, Y. H., & Ju, D. Y. (2020). Understanding the Preference of the Elderly for Companion Robot Design. 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. 92-103). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 962). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20467-9_9