"Adventures of Harvey": Use, Acceptance of and Relationship Building with a Social Robot in a Domestic Environment

Tineke Klamer, Soumaya Ben Allouch, Dirk Heylen

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    The goal of this study was to improve our understanding about how older people use social robots in domestic environments and in particular whether and how they build relationships with these robots. Three participants interacted with the Nabaztag, a social robot, for a 10-day period in their own home environment. Some of our findings are (1) utilitarian-, hedonic-, and social factors are important when accepting social robots, (2) utilitarian-, hedonic- and social factors are important for building a relationship with the Nabaztag, (3) there is a relationship between name-calling and relationship building and (4) there is a relationship between using non-verbal- and verbal communication and relationship building.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman-Robot Personal Relationships
    Subtitle of host publicationThird International Conference, HRPR 2010, Leiden, The Netherlands, June 23-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers
    EditorsMaarten H. Lamers, Fons J. Verbeek
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-19385-9
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-19384-2
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2010
    Event3rd International Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships, HRPR 2010 - Leiden, Netherlands
    Duration: 23 Jun 201024 Jun 2010
    Conference number: 3

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
    ISSN (Print)1867-8211
    ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


    Conference3rd International Conference on Human Robot Personal Relationships, HRPR 2010
    Abbreviated titleHRPR


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