People's Perception of Domestic Service Robots: Same Household, Same Opinion?

The study presented in this paper examined people’s perception of domestic service robots by means of an ethnographic study. We investigated initial reactions of nine households who lived with a Roomba vacuum cleaner robot over a two week period. To explore people’s attitude and how it changed over time, we used a recurring questionnaire that was filled at three different times, integrated in 18 semi-structured qualitative interviews. Our findings suggest that being part of a specific household has an impact how each individual household member perceives the robot. We interpret that, even though individual experiences with the robot might differ from one other, a household shares a specific opinion about the robot. Moreover our findings also indicate that how people perceived Roomba did not change drastically over the two week period.


Editor(s):
Mutlu, Bilge
Bartneck, Christoph
Ham, Jaap
Evers, Vanessa
Kanda, Takayuki
Published in:
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2011, 204-213
Presented at:
3rd International Conference on Social Robotics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 24-25, 2011
Year:
2011
Publisher:
Springer
ISBN:
978-3-642-25503-8
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