Social Acceptance of a Teleoperated Android: Field Study on Elderly’s Engagement with an Embodied Communication Medium in Denmark

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    Yamazaki Ryuji, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, Social Media Research Laboratory Group, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International & School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, JapanShuichi Nishio, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, Social Media Research Laboratory Group, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, JapanHiroshi Ishiguro, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory, Social Media Research Laboratory Group, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International & Department of Systems Innovation, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Japan
  • Marco Nørskov
  • Nobu Ishiguro, Studies in Language and Society, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, JapanGiuseppe Balistreri, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Universit`a degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
We explored the potential of teleoperated android robots, which are
embodied telecommunication media with humanlike appearances, and how they
affect people in the real world when they are employed to express a
telepresence and a sense of ‘being there’. In Denmark, our exploratory study
focused on the social aspects of Telenoid, a teleoperated android, which might
facilitate communication between senior citizens and Telenoid’s operator. After
applying it to the elderly in their homes, we found that the elderly assumed
positive attitudes toward Telenoid, and their positivity and strong attachment to
its huggable minimalistic human design were cross-culturally shared in
Denmark and Japan. Contrary to the negative reactions by non-users in media
reports, our result suggests that teleoperated androids can be accepted by the
elderly as a kind of universal design medium for social inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Robotics : 4th International Conference, ICSR 2012, Chengdu, China, October 29-31, 2012. Proceedings
EditorsShuzhi Sam Ge, Oussama Khatib, John-John Cabibihan, Reid Simmons, Mary-Anne Williams
Number of pages9
Volume7621
Place of publicationBerlin Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Publication year2012
Pages428-437
ISBN (print)978-3-642-34102-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-34103-8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Social Robotics - Chengdu, China
Duration: 29 Oct 201231 Oct 2012
Conference number: 4

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Social Robotics
Nummer4
LandChina
ByChengdu
Periode29/10/201231/10/2012
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume7521
ISSN0302-9743

    Research areas

  • android, teleoperation, minimal design, communication, embodiment, inclusion, acceptability, elderly care

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