Lessons Learned from Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Entering in the Home Ecosystem

This article considers the suitability of current robots designed to assist humans in accomplishing their daily domestic tasks. With several million units sold worldwide, robotic vacuum cleaners are currently the figurehead in this field. As such, we will use them to investigate the following key question: How does a service cleaning robot performs in a real household? One must consider not just how well a robot accomplishes its task, but also how well it integrates inside the user's space and perception. We took a holistic approach to addressing these topics by combining two studies in order to build a common ground. In the first of these studies, we analyzed a sample of seven robots to identify the influence of key technologies, like the navigation system, on technical performance. In the second study, we conducted an ethnographic study within nine households to identify users' needs. This innovative approach enables us to recommend a number of concrete improvements aimed at fulfilling users' needs by leveraging current technologies to reach new possibilities.


Publié dans:
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 62, 3, 376-391
Présenté à:
Joint Conferences of the 13th Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) and 15th Robot World Congress of the Federation-of-International-Robot-Soccer-Association (FIRA)
Année
2014
Publisher:
Elsevier
ISSN:
0921-8890
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