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Older People´s Involvement in the Development of a Social Assistive Robot
Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0563-3635
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The introduction of social assistive robots is a promising approach to enable a growing number of elderly people to continue to live in their own homes as long as possible. Older people are often an excluded group in product development; however this age group is the fastest growing segment in most developed societies. We present a participatory design approach as a methodology to create a dialogue with older people in order to understand the values embodied in robots. We present the results of designing and deploying three participatory workshops and implementing a subsequent robot mock-up study. The results indicate that robot mock-ups can be used as a tool to broaden the knowledge-base of the users' personal goals and device needs in a variety of ways, including supporting age-related changes, supporting social interaction and regarding robot aesthetic. Concerns that robots may foster inactivity and laziness as well as loss of human contact were repeatedly raised and must be addressed in the development of assistive domestic robots.

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2013. Vol. 8239, 8-18 p.
, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), ISSN 03029743
Keyword [en]
Older people, Participatory design, Social assistive robots
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-160179DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-02675-6_2ISI: 000341015200002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84892395972ISBN: 978-331902674-9OAI: diva2:794957
5th International Conference on Social Robotics, ICSR 2013, Bristol, Great Britain, 27-29 October 2013

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Available from: 2015-03-13 Created: 2015-02-17 Last updated: 2015-03-26Bibliographically approved

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