Minimal requirements of realism in social robots-Designing for patients with acquired brain injury

Robert A. Paauwe, David V. Keyson, Johannes Ferdinand Hoorn, Elly A. Konijn

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In healthcare, the number of patients is increasing while available staff declines. Technology such as social robots becomes a likely solution for providing care. Realism plays an important role in how these social robots are perceived. We designed Polygon, a robot with a minimal amount of realism to explore whether it is possible to yield acceptable design opportunities with minimal means. This study evaluated 3 focus groups (N=34, 23 patients diagnosed with acquired brain injury (ABI), 11 healthcare professionals). Results indicate that patients with ABI are struggling with their independence and loneliness. Additionally, social robots designed with a minimal approach to realism could play a role as acceptable solutions for these patients.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2015 - Extended Abstracts Publication of the 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationCrossings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331463
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 18 Apr 201523 Apr 2015


Conference33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2015
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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