Social cardboard: pretotyping a social ethnodroid in the wild

Wiles, Janet, Worthy, Peter, Hensby, Kristyn, Boden, Marie, Heath, Scott, Pounds, Paul, Rybak, Nikodem, Smith, Michael, Taufotofua, Jonathon and Weigel, Jason (2016). Social cardboard: pretotyping a social ethnodroid in the wild. In: HRI 2016 - 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction. 11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand, (531-532). 7-10 March 2016. doi:10.1109/HRI.2016.7451841


Author Wiles, Janet
Worthy, Peter
Hensby, Kristyn
Boden, Marie
Heath, Scott
Pounds, Paul
Rybak, Nikodem
Smith, Michael
Taufotofua, Jonathon
Weigel, Jason
Title of paper Social cardboard: pretotyping a social ethnodroid in the wild
Conference name 11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016
Conference location Christchurch, New Zealand
Conference dates 7-10 March 2016
Convener IEEE
Proceedings title HRI 2016 - 11th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction
Journal name ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Place of Publication Piscataway, NJ, United States
Publisher IEEE
Publication Year 2016
Year available 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/HRI.2016.7451841
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9781467383707
ISSN 2167-2148
Volume 2016-April
Start page 531
End page 532
Total pages 2
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Pretotyping is a set of techniques, tools, and metrics for gauging the interest in a product, prior to full-scale development [1]. This late breaking report describes a pretotyping case study of an ethnodroid - a robot that functions as an ethnographer - intended to engage with young children and record their learning progress. The central requirement for the project is that the robot will be able to interact socially with children aged 1-6 years in tablet-based tasks. We developed a simple robot made of MDF (thick cardboard), added tablets for the face and torso, and controlled a scripted interaction using Wizard of Oz (WoZ). Children's engagement with the robot was tested in an early learning centre which provided a relatively structured environment ("in the lab") and at a science fair which provided a relatively unconstrained setting ("in the wild"). The rapid testing revealed distinct effects in the children's attitudes and behaviors in the two user contexts and provided insights into form, sensors and analyses for the design process.
Keyword Child-friendly robot
CHRI
Ethnodroid
OPAL robot
Pretotyping
Testing robots in the wild
Wizard of Oz
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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