Field Study on Elderly’s Engagement with an Embodied Communication Medium in Denmark
We explored the potential of teleoperated android robots, which are embodied telecommunication media with humanlike appearances, and how they affect people in the real world when they are employed to express a telepresence and a sense of ‘being there’. In Denmark, our exploratory study focused on the social aspects of Telenoid, a teleoperated android, which might facilitate communication between senior citizens and Telenoid’s operator. After applying it to the elderly in their homes, we found that the elderly assumed positive attitudes toward Telenoid, and their positivity and strong attachment to its huggable minimalistic human design were cross-culturally shared in Denmark and Japan. Contrary to the negative reactions by non-users in media reports, our result suggests that teleoperated androids can be accepted by the elderly as a kind of universal design medium for social inclusion.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science: 4th International Conference, Icsr 2012, Chengdu, China, October 29-31, 2012. Proceedings, 2012, p. 428-437
android; teleoperation; minimal design; communication; embodiment; inclusion; acceptability; elderly care