Teleoperated android as an embodied communication medium: A case study with demented elderlies in a care facility

Ryuji Yamazaki Skov, Shuichi Nishio, Kohei Ogawa, Hiroshi Ishigur

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Abstract

Teleoperated androids, which are robots with humanlike appearances, are being produced as new media of human relationships. We explored the potential of humanoid robots and how they affect people in the real world when they are employed to express a telecommunication presence and a sense of being there. We introduced Telenoid, a teleoperated android, to a residential care facility to see how the elderly with dementia respond to it. Our exploratory study focused on the social aspects that might facilitate communication between the elderly and Telenoid's operator. Telenoid elicited positive images and interactive reactions from the elderly with mild dementia, even from those with severe cognitive impairment. They showed strong attachment to its child-like huggable design and became willing to converse with it. Our result suggests that an affectionate bond may be formed between the elderly and the android to provide the operator with easy communication to elicit responses from senior citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 IEEE RO-MAN
Subtitle of host publicationThe 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication
Pages1066-1071
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2012 - Paris
Duration: 2012 Sep 92012 Sep 13

Other

Other2012 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN 2012
CityParis
Period12/9/912/9/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Yamazaki Skov, R., Nishio, S., Ogawa, K., & Ishigur, H. (2012). Teleoperated android as an embodied communication medium: A case study with demented elderlies in a care facility. In 2012 IEEE RO-MAN: The 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (pp. 1066-1071). [6343890] https://doi.org/10.1109/ROMAN.2012.6343890