The creation of DarumaTo: A social companion robot for buddhist/shinto elderlies

Gabriele Trovato, Tatsuhiro Kishi, Mao Kawai, Tingting Zhong, Jia Yeu Lin, Zixi Gu, Chiaki Oshiyama, Atsuo Takanishi

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Abstract

A growing need of socially assistive devices is now present in several countries affected by ageing societies. Robotics offers a solution to this problem, however the introduction of such devices is proving to be challenging because of users' acceptance. The cultural factor, blended with the background religion, may be critical in obtaining a positive impression. In order to achieve this goal, we introduce the use of skeuomorphism into robotics and present one first application: the development of DarumaTO social robot. DarumaTO is inspired to the traditional Buddhist and Shinto doll called Daruma, and it has has 2 degrees of freedom. It can communicate through visual tracking, voice and facial expression. The design results into a device that has a familiar appearance to a Buddhist or Shinto elderly person.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages606-611
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728124933
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul
Event2019 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2019 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 2019 Jul 82019 Jul 12

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Volume2019-July

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2019
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period19/7/819/7/12

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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Trovato, G., Kishi, T., Kawai, M., Zhong, T., Lin, J. Y., Gu, Z., Oshiyama, C., & Takanishi, A. (2019). The creation of DarumaTo: A social companion robot for buddhist/shinto elderlies. In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2019 (pp. 606-611). [8868736] (IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM; Vol. 2019-July). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/AIM.2019.8868736