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Robot Pets for Everyone: The Untapped Potential for Domestic Social Robots

While research has demonstrated the potential for social robots as companions in care homes, for targeted specialized therapies (e.g., children on the autism spectrum) or uses in clinical practice (e.g., to increase comfort or reduce pain), social robotic pets for the general public have not yet even been minimally successful. Despite ongoing laboratory success of social robots for shaping mood, building rapport and creating empathy, this has not translated to actual robot pets supporting people in their homes. In this paper, we highlight this untapped potential for domestic robots to discuss some of the underlying issues behind acceptance, describe a simple agenda to design novel domestic robots, and present our initial plans to understand social robot acceptance and promote them to be domestic companions as pets.

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Rahatul A. Ananto, James E. Young, “Robot Pets for Everyone: The Untapped Potential for Domestic Social Robots.” In Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2020 WORKSHOP ON SOCIAL HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION OF HUMAN-CARE SERVICE ROBOTS). 2020.

Authors

James E.Young

James E.Young

Associate Professor