A design methodology for abstracting character archetypes onto robotic systems

Ishaan Pakrasi, Novoneel Chakraborty, Amy Elizabeth LaViers Minnick

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Abstract

Given the increase in robotic systems for the household, it is imperative to design the expressive modes of these systems, that in turn engender likability, animacy, acceptance, and trust. This paper approaches this problem by proposing a design methodology that can be used to abstract archetypal characters across the system, including form factor, user instructions, and interactive modalities. This approach uses Laban Movement Analysis paired with the Kansei Engineering iterative design approach to dissect movement and visual traits of archetypal characters and marry them to features of the robot. These character traits are explored in a product, channel, consumer framework and are realized through interface elements, such as color, animated eyes, and character specific motion profiles. Finally, the use of priming using familiar characters from popular culture as a means to enhance the recognition of character traits is explored. Results show that users associated traits specific to each character archetype that were consistent with the intended design and that an aggregate measure of interaction success went up with character priming. This was bolstered in the priming cases, where users rated these traits more strongly. Thus, this methodology serves as a tool to create meaningful design variations to robotic systems using character archetypes, allowing us to design user-specific personality traits and interactive elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365048
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 28 2018
Event5th International Conference on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2018 - Genoa, Italy
Duration: Jun 28 2018Jun 30 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other5th International Conference on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2018
CountryItaly
CityGenoa
Period6/28/186/30/18

Keywords

  • Human robot interaction
  • Kansei engineering
  • Product channel consumer paradigm
  • Robot assistant
  • Robot characters
  • Robotics design methodology
  • Social robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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